Brahma Sarovar near Kurukshetra
Brahma Sarovar, as the title suggests, is associated with Lord Brahma, the creator of the Universe. According to the Hindu Mythology, He created the universe. In archaic time the tank was withal called Ramahard and Samanta Panchaka, associated with Parshurama, one of the incarnations of Vishnu. This tank was also popularly known as Kurukshetra tank which has special association with Solar Eclipse.
Pilgrims in thousands visit this tank at the time of Solar Eclipse. The bath in the waters of this tank on this occasion is considered identically tantamount to the merits of performing thousands of Asvamedha Yajnas or horse sacrifice. It is popularly believed that taking a holy dip during the Solar Eclipse absolves one from sins. According to local legends this tank was first excavated by King Kuru, the predecessor of Kauravs & Pandavas. Scripture verbalizes that Prajapati (Brahma) had performed his first Yajna (sacrifice) at this place. Kurukshetra in antediluvian time was additionally kenned as Uttaravedi (northern alter of Brahma), Brahmavedi and Samnata Panchaka.
We find frequent mentions of this tank mentioned in the scripts written by very early and famed visitors who have visited this place from time to time. Mesmerised by the site of this immense tank, Abul-Fazl, the famous courtier of Akbar, the Moghul emperor, who had visited Kurukshetra on the occasion of Solar Eclipse in 1576 AD, described this beautiful water body as 'Miniature Sea'. In his famous book Akbarnama we find the mention of this Sarovar.
According to the local tradition a tower was eracted by Yudhisthir, the eldest of the 'Pandavas', in the island situated in the middle of sarovar as a token of his victory in the Mahabharta battle. In the same complex lies an antediluvian well called as Draupadi Kupa.
Sarveshwar Mahadev or the shrine of Lord Shiva is located on the northern bank of the Sarovar. According to the tradition, the Shiva Linga was installed here by Lord Brahma himself.
In the vicinity of the tank towards west adjoining to the Kurukshetra University, a Budha Stupa complex has come to the notice. Though the history is this complex is yet to be known, in depth research and analysis of the historical samples are going on to find out the exact age and history of this Buddhist complex.
One of the most delectable occasions is the Annual Gita Jyanti celebration which is held here in November-December. During this ceremony, the overwhelming spectacle of 'Deep Daan' ( a ceremony where lighted lamps are floated in water) and Aarti (prayer of God) take place on this occasion. Thousands of devotees consider one circumambulation of this tank is equivalent to making one visit to all the Teertha lying within the holy circuit of Kurukshetra (48 Kos).
The name of this Sarovar has also been mentioned in 'Kutb-Ul-Hind', a book written by Al Beruni during the 11th. century AD.
Important neighboring attractions are Baba Nath's Haveli and Birla Gita Mandir.
This is the largest man made bathing tank in Asia. Brahma Sarovar has recently been renovated. Now this tank is 1500 feet wide and 3600 feet long.
Lots of migratory birds come to this water body during the winter season. Also during the Gita Jayanti celebration, when thousands of pilgrims come here for performing religious rituals like 'Deep Daan' and 'Arti', bird watchers could not be left behind. This is also a good time to watch for the migratory birds.
How to reach Brahma Sarovar
Brahma Sarovar is approximately 13 kms. away from Kurukshetra and lies very close to Kurukshetra University. After reaching Kurukshetra by air (from Delhi or from Chandigarh), by rail (Kurukshetra Junction station on Delhi-Ambala rail route) or by road (on Grand Trunk Road, NH-1) one can stay in any hotel in Kurukhsetra or near Brahma Sarovar itself.
Hotels in Brahma Sarovar
There are a few hotels in Brahma Sarovar to accommodate tourist influx.
Best time to visit Brahma Sarovar
The best time to visit Brahma Sarovar is during Gita Jayanti which correspond to the month of November - December of the English calendar.