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Kurukshetra Festival

Place : Haryana
Month: December
Significance:Festival signifying the birth of the Srimad Bhagavat Gita

The festival in Kurushetra, Haryana coincides with the Gita Jayanti, signifying the birth of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. A visit to Kurukshetra during the festival is an exhilarating and spiritual experience. 

Kurukshetra, named after the great sage king Kuru, is also the site of the epic battle of Mahabharata (righteous war) where on a momentous occasion, dialogue between Sri. Krishna and Arjuna took place which later formed the Bhagavat Gita, the holy book of the Hindus. Bhagavat Gita comprises the basic truths and declares that whatever way of life, whatever mode of worship man has and shall adopt, so long as it is guided by an earnest desire for betterment, they are to be deemed worthy of recognition and respect.  

It is the ancient holy land where the essence of Hinduism originated. It is also the land where the sage Manu penned his 'Manusmriti' and where learned 'rishis' compiled the Rig Veda and Sama Veda. It was graced with the visits of Lord Krishna, the Buddha and the Sikh gurus. 

Pilgrims gather to take a dip in the sacred tanks of Brahma Sarovar and Sannehit Sarovar. Week -long Bhagwad katha (presenting stories in Bhagwad Gita, sacred book of the Hindus), Shloka recital, dance, dramas and 'deep daan' at Brahma Sarovar are part of the religious festivities. Free medical camps, book exhibitions and 'bhajan' recitals in classical tradition are organized.

How to reach there

Air: The nearest airports are at Delhi and Chandigarh.

Rail: Kurukshetra is a major railway junction, well-connected with all important towns and cities of the country.

Road: Buses of Haryana Roadways and other State Corporations ply through Kurukshetra and connect it to Delhi, Chandigarh and other important places.

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