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These are the 5 Best Places to Visit in Kurukshetra
Brahma Sarovar, as its name suggests, is a water tank in Thanesar in Haryana. Hindus consider it sacred and it is incredibly beautiful.They say that taking a dip in the water inside the tank can help one attain salvation. We have currently renovated this and equipped it with modern state-of-the-art facilities. Brahma Sarovar is the most exquisite and breathtaking site in Kurukshetra. Tourists can spend hours here watching the sunset with its reddish and golden reflection in the water. This place is colourful and remains lively throughout which attracts visitors and make them visit multiple times. There are handicraft shops and a variety of cuisines from different states to feed on making it a must-visit place.
You can reach a beautiful temple inside the water via a concrete bridge. The religious aartis conducted here during sunrise and sunset offer an infinite sense of calm. The Bramha Sarovar also has a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva in the middle which can be accessed via a small bridge. Pilgrims and tourists visit the Brahma Sarovar in huge numbers during the Solar Eclipse.
Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb
This tomb belongs to Sheikh Chilli who was a scholar and a teacher to Dara Shikoh, eldest son of the fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. There are two tombs, a madarsa, a beautiful garden and a small archaeological museum. Sheikh Chilli dedicated a second tomb to his wife. Sheikh Chilli’s tomb has an octagonal figure, constructed from buff sandstone and has a pearl shaped marble dome that sits on its top like a crown. His wife’s tomb is made from red sandstone, has a marble dome and carved floral designs. It is also believed to be similar to Taj Mahal in certain aspects.
The museum houses some seals, terracotta sculptures, ornaments, swords, etc. from various kingdoms that existed between first and seventh centuries. Most of the structures in this complex have a substantial touch of Persian architecture. Sheikh Chilli’s tomb is not too crowded, which is the most comforting fact. Visitors can see everything with peace, sit comfortably, have discussions and click pictures. The area near the main tomb offers a very good view and hence, some people even prefer to sit here for a little longer to relax.
Bhor Saidan Crocodile Farm
There was a tank full of crocodiles in village Bhaur Saidan, situated on Pehowa-Kurukshetra road, 22 kms from Kurukshetra. The area of this tank was acquired and its management was taken over by the Forest Department during 1982-83. They increased the habitat of this farm and fenced the periphery. We obtained four pairs of crocodile from Crocodile Bank, Madras, and released them there. The present population is 25. They erected a high mound inside the tank for watching the reptiles from a close range.
Raja Karna Ka Kila
Once a sprawling fort, the Kila is now in ruins but whispers tales of splendors of the bygone era. Excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1921 have revealed several prehistoric objects in this ancient mound. The artefacts belong to three cultural periods, from the 4th Century BC to the 3rd Century AD.
First, 4th to 1st century BC: The significant antiquities recovered from this period include terracotta seals with depictions of spiritual symbols like crescent, swastika, snake, and ‘nandipada’.
Second, 1st century BC to 3rd century AD: Accommodations built of baked bricks and mud, stamped pottery, artifacts made of terracotta, clay seals bearing Brahmi scripts and ‘Red Polished Ware’ represent this period.
Ancient Mound Amin
There is a very old Shiva temple in the village and there are remains of an old fort near the village. This fort sits at a higher level than the rest of the village. People say that this fort belonged to Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna in the Mahabharata times. Folklore also says that the Pandavas arrayed their forces before the last battle in the War of Mahabharat at Amin. There is mound here which marks the site of ‘Chakravyuha’ in which Abhimanyu lost his life.
The men of Amin from the Ror community belong to Chauhan gotra and in majority cases their average height is more than six feet. There is a local saying that the Indian Volleyball team always has at least one Ror from this village. A perfect example of this village’s contribution to Indian Volleyball is Arjuna Award winner Dalel Singh, who has also had the distinction of captaining the national team.