The name Haryana has a distinct meaning – the Abode of God. In Sanskrit, Hari means God and ayana is home. And in this land of God, the guests are treated as Gods too!
The vibrant state of Haryana presents a vivid kaleidoscope of diverse landscapes, showcasing magnificent archaeology, and celebrating art and culture. A state that has transcended on a journey and preserved the best of both the worlds – the footprints of the bygone eras and a futuristic vision.
Haryana is unique in many ways. The land has been referred to as the ‘Heaven on the earth’ in an ancient Sanskrit inscription. The Indus Valley and Vedic civilizations flourished here. Haryana has also witnessed several historical battles, including the battles at Panipat and has lent canvas for the epic battle of Mahabharata at Kurukshetra.
Kurukshetra, a city where history and legend come together…a city of myths, great battles and empires… A city where Lord Krishna preached His Philosophy of ‘Karma’ as enshrined in the Holy Bhagwad-Gita to Arjuna at Jyotisar. Here lies a confluence of profound streams of faiths like Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.
The district of Panchkula enjoys the thickest forest cover in the entire state of Haryana. Besides Panchkula city, the district has five towns, Pinjore, Kalka, Barwala, Morni and Ranipur Rani. Morni Hills, the only hill station in Haryana, also lies in this district, on the offshoots of Shivalik range of the Himalayas.
Kurukshetra is described as DHARAMKSHETRA i.e. ‘Region of righteousness’. Kurukshetra is a place of great historical and religious importance, revered all over the country for its sacred association with the Vedas and the Vedic Culture. It was here that the battle of Mahabharat was fought and Lord Krishna preached His Philosophy of ‘KARMA’ as enshrined in the Holy Bhagwad-Gita, to Arjuna at Jyotisar.
It is believed that the holy waters of all sacred rivers flow/converge into Kurukshetra’s Sannehit Sarovar, at the time of Somavati ‘Amavasya’ and solar eclipse. It is believed that those who bath in the tanks in Kurukshetra go to heaven after death. Mahabharata states that one who dies at Kurukshetra attains salvation after death.