KURUKSHETRA – A place north of modern Delhi


Kurukshetra simply means “the field of the Kurus.” The Kurus or Kauravas decended from Kuru, a king of the Lunar Dynasty. About eighty-five miles north-northeast of Delhi, Kurukshetra has been an important pilgrimage site (tirtha) for at least twenty centuries. References in the Mahabharata to a firealtar (vedi) of Brahma would indicate that this area was considered the very heart of the Aryan or Bharata homeland. These plains also saw great historic bat­tles, including those with the Mughals in the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries.

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