Kurukshetra: Where the Bhagavad Gita Was Spoken
This holy spot is especially related to the Bhagavad Gita. Verses from this book, as well as the One Thousand Names of Vishnu, are featured on the Audio page, Tracks 4-10 and 15 respectively.
Kurukshetra is called “Dharma-kshetra” in the Bhagavad Gita. This is where the great battle took place between the Pandavas and the Kauravas as narrated in the Mahabharata.
All the holy waters of India are considered to flow into the Kurukshetra Kunda (lake) at the time of an eclipse. During Lord Krishna’s time, one million people came here to bathe. Apparrently, Lord Krishna met the gopis (cow-herd girls) and the residents of Vrindavana there at the time of a full solar eclipse.
It is said that those who visit this area, reside there, take bath in the kundas there, or die in Kurukshetra, go to heaven after death. The main bathing kunda is the large Brahma Sarovara Kunda (3,600 by 1,500 feet), where Lord Brahma, after performing a great yajna (fire sacrifice), created the Universe. It is said that a bath at this holy place during a solar eclipse can absolve one from all sins.
At Jyotishar, a banyan tree marks the spot where Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna, who became confused about his duty when he saw his relatives, friends and superiors about to engage in the battle against him. The Lord also Showed Arjuna His universal form (Virata Rupa). There is a marble chariot under the tree to honour this special pastime.
“Gita Jayanti”, being the anniversary of when the Bhagavad Gita was spoken, is a major festival celebrated every year in December.
Bhisma Kunda is where Bhisma, the grandsire of the Kuru Dynasty, lay on a bed of arrows. Ban Ganga was created by Arjuna shooting an arrow into the earth. At this time, Bhisma narrated “The One-Thousand Names of Vishnu”.
Kurukshetra is 100 miles north of Delhi, covering a 100 mile area, and there are many places of pilgimage relating to the Mahabharata.