Places To Visit
Sheikh Chehli’s Tomb
This beautiful tomb and the attached Madrasa are associated with the sufi saint Abd-Ur-Rahim alias Abudul-Karim popularly known by the name of Sheikh Chehli, believed to be spiritual teacher of Mughal prince Dara Shikoh (1650 AD) the tomb. Built of buff sandstone, the tomb is crowned by pear shaped dome of marble on a high circular drum. Another tomb of sand stone with a long dome of marble decorated with graved floral designs is on the west wall of the enclosure. It is said to be of Sheikh Chehli’s wife. in view of its architectural and historical importance it was declare protected as a monument of National importance.
Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre
The Centre is situated adjacent to the Sri Krishna Museum in Kuruksheta and has a magnificent two-storied building used for exhibition and visitors’ activities. In the ground floor, an exhibition called ‘India-A Heritage in Science, Technology and Culture, consisting of working and interactive exhibits on ancient Indian concept of properties of matter, structure of atom, geometry, arithmetical rules, astronomy medicine and surgery. Housed in a tall and cylindrical building, with its elegant architecture and ambience, the main attraction of the Centre is a life-like Panorama of the epic battle of Kurukshetra. Standing at the centre of the cylindrical hall, one can feel the towering 34 feet high paintings of the episodes from the 18-day confrontation between the Pandavas and the Kauravas come alive before his eyes. Merged with this is the diorama of the battleground that epitomizes the carnage realistically. The chanting of Gita and distant war cries mingled with lighting illusions create the perfect ambience. A Science Park has also been set up outside the four walls of the center’s building. This is a refreshing concept of science learning for the children through fun and enjoyment.
Archeological Site Museum
An archaeological site museum has been set up here to enlighten the people the history of Thanesar as revealed by archaeological excavations carried out by The Archaeological Survey of India. It houses a variety of exhibits unearthed from the mound such as stone and terracotta sculptures, coins, ornaments, ritualistic objects etc. The exhibition also includes schematic plan and its findings as well as the architectural buildings as have been exposed after the excavation. This site museum is the first of its kind in Haryana.
Harsh Ka Till – An Archeological Excavated Site
It is an archaeological mound excavated by Archaeological Survey of India. The excavation has revealed cultural occupation from 1st century B.C. to 18th century AD. Various archaeological findings pertaining to different periods of history unearthed from the mound depicts the cultural history of Thanesar through the ages. The excavated passions have been scientifically conserved and made available for the tourists and scholars.
Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple
Small and distinct. With an air of an ancient presence, lies the Sthanesvara Mahadev Temple at Thanesar. It was here that the Pandavas prayed to Lord Shiva and received His blessings for Shiva and received His blessings for victory in the battle of Mahabharata legend has it that the waters of the tank adjoining the temple are holy. A few drops of water cured King ‘Ben’ of leprosy. And, no pilgrimage of Kurukshetra is believed to be entirely complete without a visit to this holy temple. The temple of Sthaneswar is the abode of Lord Shiva. It once formed an important part of the kingdom of King Harsha Vardhan of the Pushyabhuti dynasty. The architecture of the temple is regional is style-it has a domical roof and the façade of this dome is given an ‘Amla’ shape along with a tall pinnacle. The ‘Linga’ is ancient and worshipped with a lot of ritual and prayer.
The temple is dedicated to Bhadrakali a form of shakti. This is considered to be one of the fifty one Shakti pithas of India. It is believed that the right ankle of Sati fell here in the well. The consort of Savtri is called Sthanu. Hence, the city is called Sthanesvar meaning abode of Shiva. It is believed that the mundan (hair removing) ceremony of Srikrishna and Balarama was also performed in this temple.
On of the most revered of holy places of Kurukshetra is Jyotisar, which lies 5 km from Kurukshetra on Kurukshetra-Pehowa road. It is believed that here under the holy banyan tree Lord Krishna delivered the eternal message of Bhagawadgita to Arjuna before commencement of Mahabharata battle. The Bhagawadgita has been immortalised in the sacred ambiance of a small village named Jyotisar one of the most revered holy places of Kurukshetra. In fact, the word Jyotisar constitutes of two words that is ‘Jyoti’ meaning light and ‘Sar’ meaning tank. Thus, it symbolically signifies the sacred tank of enlightenment. Tradition says here stands a banyan tree, may be an offshoot of the original banyan tree under which Krishna delivered the Bhagawadgita on the eve of battle just before its commencement. Sound & Light show on the theme of Bhagawadgita in the light of Mahabharata has been mounted by ITDC as a part of the tourism promotion in Kurukshetra. The show enlivens the story of Mahabharata through the powerful dialogues and the hymns from the Bhagawadgita. An ambience of the battle is created in the secluded environment of Jyotisar.
The temple is dedicated to Bhadrakali. The main deity worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum is Kali, a form of ‘Shakti’. As such Thanesar is known for Shaktism and tantricism. Apparently the temple might have existed in some or other form. The temple is double storied structure. Architecturally it is an off-beat style as the sanctum sanctrum and sanctum are juxtapositioned in such a way that it forms one single structure bearing composite style of domical and vaulted roofs.
SRI KRISHNA MUSEUM
Krishna means ‘all that is attractive’. He embraces all that is beautiful, enchanting, and eternal. Look at him as an incredible hero. Perceive him as the destroyer of evil. Feel in your heart and soul his love and compassion. He is the symbol of time, space, and eternity, the manifestation of justice, goodwill, fraternity and universality. Every museum has its own character and personality. With a view to awakening the people morally and culturally through the ideas and ideals of Krishna and to enlighten the people the history of the region, the Sri Krishna Museum was established in 1987. Subsequently it was shifted to the present building in 1991 and new block was added in the year 1995. The artefacts displayed in the museum represent Krishna as godhead, an avatara, of Vishnu, a great Philosopher, an epic hero, an astute statesman and a supreme lover. There are six galleries displaying different terms of Madhubani Paintings, Thanjarur Paintings, Miniature Paintings, Archaeological Objects and Krishna Paintings.