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Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Center:

The Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre is a modern age science park located near the Kurukshetra city center. The main attraction of the Centre is a life-like Panorama of the battle of Kurukshetra. The science city has a graceful architecture and ambience. The science center also holds regular exhibitions displaying the various aspects of modern day science and technology while the main attraction of the Centre is a life-like Panorama depicting the battle of Kurukshetra.

 

Kalpana Chawla Planetarium:

Kalpana Chawla Memorial Planetarium is devoted to Dr. Kalpana Chawla, the famous astronaut from Haryana. The planetarium is the center of knowledge and education in science and technology attracting thousands of students and tourists every day. Regular Astronomy shows are conducted in the Planetarium giving a brief insight into the world of time and space travel.

 

Jyotisar:  

Jyotisar is one of the most popular religious sites located at a distance of 12 km on the Kurukshetra-Pehowa Road.  Jyotisar derives its name from the Hindi words 'Jyoti’ meaning light and 'Sar’ meaning the human core. This is believed to be the site where Lord Krishna explained the essence of Bhagwad Gita to Arjuna. Now a huge marble chariot has been built displaying Lord Krishna as reaching the essence of life to his disciple Arjuna. Regular light and sound shows are run by the Haryana Tourism Department in Jyotisar narrating important events from Mahabharata.

 

Lakshmi Narayan Temple:  

Lakshmi Narayan Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to God Narayana and Goddess Laxmi. Built in the 18th century, the Lakshmi Narayan temple is one of the holiest temples in Kurukshetra and attracts a large number of devotees’ from all parts of India. The temple is built on a huge platform with three different components underlining the seven projections of the universe.

 

Bhishma Kund:

Bhisma Kund located in the village of Narakatari on the outskirts of Kurukshetra is a huge water reservoir dedicated to the great warrior Bhishma Pitama. The story behind the existence of this reservoir goes back to the times of the Mahabharata. It is said that when Bhishma fell on the ground during battle and was thirsty, Arjuna pierced an arrow into the ground to fetch water for him. The reservoir has been around ever since and traces a wonderful historic journey for the tourists and historians alike.

 

Brahmasarovar:

Brahmasarovar or the pond of the holy god is one of the largest manmade bathing tanks in Asia and is a popular religious hotspot of Kurukshetra city. The size of the tank is 3600x1500 feet with separate bathing enclosures for men and women. The arched enclosures of the tank make it an architectural marvel of ancient India. The tank attracts a large number of devotees during the solar eclipse and the popular belief is that devotees taking a bath in this holy tank get rid of all their past life karmas.

 

Bronze Chariot of Arjuna:

The 45 ton Bronze Chariot of Krishna and warrior prince Arjuna statue located at Purshotam Bagh is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kurukshetra. The total height of the statue is 35 feet and was built on a lavish budget of Rs 2 crore.  The huge chariot has eight horses and depicts Lord Krishna preaching Arjuna just before the great battle of Kurukshetra.

 

Kapil Muni Tirtha:  

Kapil Muni Tirtha is an old village located on the outskirts of Kurukshetra devoted Saint Kapila the renowned Sankhya Philosopher and Saint. Kapil Muni Tirtha is one of the most popular pilgrimages located in the Kurukshetra region and was built in 7th century AD and was built by King Salwan. The temple has survived the test of time and still stands tall attracting a large number of pilgrims and historians.

 

Krishna Museum:  

The Krishna Museum dedicated to Lord Krishna is a popular tourist attraction in Kurukshetra. Established in the year 1987, the Krishna Museum depicts the life and times of Lord Krishna displaying various artifacts and historic insights giving a complete overview of Lord Krihsna's personality traits as an able administrator, musician, philosopher and guide to warrior price Arjuna in the battle of Kurukshetra. The Krishna museum is divided into six different galleries, each displaying artifacts of various incarnations of Lord Vishnu helping tourists get a better understanding of the multi dimensional personality of the lord.

 

Sannihit Sarovar:  

Sannihit Sarovar is a major religious reservoir said to be a meeting point of seven sacred Saraswati rivers. The sarovar has tremendous religious and spiritual significance as every year thousands of devotees take bath in the holy water during solar and lunar eclipse as well as the Somavati Amavasya. Hindus believe that taking a dip in this holy reservoir relieves them from the cycle of birth and death by cancelling out all previous sins and bad karmas. The sarovar 550 feet in breadth and 1500 feet in length holds in its vicinity various smaller temples. Devotees offer prayers for their departed relatives in this sarovar by doing a religious ceremony of Pind Dan.

 

Bhadrakali Temple:

The Bhadrakali temple is located at Thaneshwar on out outskirts of Kurukshetra. The temple worships various incarnations of Goddess Kali and it is considered amongst the 52 Sakthi Peeths. The temple has a large following amongst devotees who believe that Godess Kali fulfills all wishes of the devotees who pray in this temple with faith and devotion. The nine day festival of Navratras is celebrated with great devotion attracting huge crowds to the Bhadrakali temple.

 

Birla Mandir:

The Birla Mandir of Kurukshetra is one of the most beautiful temples having idols of Lord Krishna along with famous Sikh gurus. The temple is made up of pure white marble signifying the clean spirituality quotient of the devotees. The garden in the temple complex has a magnificent chariot driven by for horses with statues of Lord Krishna and Arjuna portraying the battle scene of Kurukshetra.

 

Gita Bhavan:

The Gita Bhavan is one its kind spiritual transcript memorial located in the heart of Kurukshetra. The Gita Bhawan houses various books and journals on the Vedic tradition and literature including translations of Bhagwad Gita in various languages for foreign tourists.

 

Valmiki Ashram:  

The Valmiki Ashram dedicated to the great Hindu Guru Valmiki is one of the important religious attractions in Kurukshetra. The ashram preaches the teachings and essence of the holy Ramayana through a set of appointed sages and Gurus residing in the ashram. Free Langar or community kitchen is arranged for tourists and pilgrims while the ashram houses a library offering Ramayana and various other holy scriptures for the tourists and the seeking spiritual travelers.

 

Jindal Park:

The Jindal Park is one of the modern city parks in Kurukshetra offering lush green bed of grass for relaxation and entertainment alike. Spread over an area of 14 acres, the garden attracts family excursions and is a popular picnic spot in the city. One of the biggest attractions of the Jindal Park is the automatically operated state of the art musical fountains. The park is a popular attraction to kids and morning walkers making it one of Kurukshetra’s hottest tourist hotspots.

 

Thaneswar:

Thaneswar located on the outskirts of Kurukshetra city is one of the most sacred places of Hindus. The village of Thaneswar is named after its erstwhile ruler King Harsha and hosts vary important religious temples including the Shiva Temple where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a linga and a temple devoted to the mystical Goddess Kali.

 

Buddhist Stupas:

Kurukshetra is home to three old Buddhist monasteries and an ancient stupa which now lies in ruins. The first mention of the ancient stupa is found in the works of the ancient Chinese traveler Yuan Chwang. Built during the reign of King Harshavardhana, the ruins of the stupa are maintained and protected by the Department of Archaeological and Museums of Haryana.