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Jyotisar in Kurukshetra


The word Jyotisar originates from two Sanskrit words, 'Jyoti' and 'Sar'. 'Jyoti' means light and 'Sar' means the the core meaning or the pure truth. Thus the word 'Jyotisar' refers to a word which means the core meaning of light or which can be otherwise explained as the path to enlightenment or the path to reach the God.

This place is the most revered site to Hindu pilgrims. Here there is a banyan tree (Vata Briksha) which is believed to offshoot of the old banyan tree under which Lord Krishna preached the sermons of 'Sreemad Bhagabadgita' or popularly known as Gita in short form, to his wavering friend cum disciple Arjuna during the war of Kurukshetra. Here He explained the true meaning of 'Dharma' (religion) and 'Karma' (the duty or work) to Arjuna to help him to get rid of the dilemma Arjun was facing during the war when he had to fight against his cousins and other close relatives. It is popularly believed that during this preaching Arjuna was shown the 'Virat Rupa' of Lord Krishna. The legend says that Arjuna was able to see the true form of the Universe deep into the eyes of Lord Krishna.


A marble statue has been constructed in front of the auspicious banyan tree. During November - December an auspicious festival is organised to commemorate the birth date of Gita. Thousands of pilgrims and general tourists come to this place to attend the occasion and to take holy deep in the bathing tank to absolve all their sins. In 1924, king of Dharbhanga  

It is believed that Adi Sankaracharya identified this place during his sojourn to Himalayas during 9th. century AD. Later king of Kashmir erected one Shiva temple in this place. Innthe year 1967, Sankaracharya of  Kanchi Kama Koti Peetha installed the famous marble statue of Krishna preaching Arjuna on the chariot.

There were many other temples in this region which perished before the attack of invaders during the medieval period. Today the temples which are there are being maintained by the government.

During evening, a light and sound show showing different episodes of Mahabharata is shown here organized by the department of Tourism, Government of India.

How to reach Jyotisar

Jyotisar is approximately 5 kms. away from main Kurukshetra city and lies on the Kurukshetra - Pehowa Road. 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 Jyotisar itself.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Jyotisar is during Gita Jayanti which correspond to the month of November - December of the English calendar.

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