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Thanesar is an old and historic town on the banks of the Ghaggar river in North India, located approximately 160 km northwest of Delhi. The Ghaggar is a seasonal river in India, flowing when water is available from monsoon rains. ... Delhi (दिल्ली or Dillī in Hindi and Bengali and دیلی in Urdu) is a term that refers to either the State of Delhi or the National Capital Territory (NCT) of the Republic of India. ...

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Introduction

Thanesar was an obscure village until the 1950's. After the partition of India, a large refugee camp was set up here, which became the nucleus of a bustling commercial city. It grew so much that in 1973, a new district named "Kurukshetra" was created, of which Thanesar was the main town. People now tend, erroneously, to refer to Thanesar town as "Kurukshetra". The Partition of India was the process by which British dependencies and treaty states in the Indian subcontinent were granted independence in the 1940s. ...


Mythological Importance

The new district was named Kurukshetra in order to capitalize on the purported mythological significance of the area. "Kurukshetra" is in fact the name of a mythological battlefield, where the Mahabharata war was waged, the actual location of which is impossible to confirm. Local hearsay identifies the legendary "Kurukshetra" with a nearby obscure hamlet, and with the active abetment of the state government, Thanesar is presently experiencing a tourist boom. The Mahabharata (Devanagari: महाभारत, phonetically Mahābhārata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. ...


Historians are also trying for a long time to somehow establish this city's link with the Indus Civilisation. They are also trying to prove somehow that the Ghaggar river is actually the famous Saraswati river of the vedas. The Indus Valley Civilization existed along the Indus River in present-day Pakistan. ... The Ghaggar is a seasonal river in India, flowing when water is available from monsoon rains. ... The Hindu Vedas mention a river named Sarasvatī. In Sanskrit saras means a lake or water body, and vatī (from vntī, with the zero-grade form of the -vant suffix) means a female associated with it. ...


Religious & Historical Importance

Thanesar derives its name from the words "Sthaneshwar" which means the abode of God. The Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple, whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva, is believed to be the oldest temple in the vicinity. Other religious sites include the Brahma Sarovar, the Sannihit Sarovar, Gurudwara 6th Patashahi and the Devi Bhadrakali temple, which is counted among the 51 Shakti Peethas. The bathing-fair held here on the occurance of a solar eclipse is said to be attended by half a million pilgrims. Lord Shiva. ... Indic religions lay emphasis on taking bath for internal and external purity. ... A Gurdwara is the Sikh place of worship. ... The Shakti Peetas are places of worship consecrated to the Goddess Shakti, the female principal of Hinduism and the main deity of the Shakta sect. ... Photo taken by John Walker during the Zambia 2001 eclipse A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are on a single line with the Moon in the middle. ...


Thanesar was sacked and many of its temples were destroyed by Mahmud of Ghazni. Mahmud of Ghazni (971–April 30, 1030), also know as Yamin ul-Dawlah Mahmud (in full: Yamin ul-Dawlah Abd ul-Qasim Mahmud Ibn Sebük Tigin) was the ruler of Ghazni from 997 until his death. ...


Modern Thanesar

The modern city of Thanesar is an important educational center; it is home to Kurukshetra University, the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra (Formarly Regional Engineering College) and the Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College. Headline text Bold text National Institute Of Technology Kurukshetra The National Institute Of Technology Kurukshetra was founded in 1963 as one of the 17 Regional engineering colleges(RECs> . In 2002 the Govt of India decided to upgrade the RECs into NITs on the lines of the Indian... Lord Krishna Krishna (कृष्ण, Sanskrit for black. Also said to mean All Attractive), is, according to common Hindu tradition, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. ... Ayurveda (आयुर्वेद Sanskrit: ayu—life; veda—knowledge of) or ayurvedic medicine is a more than 2,000 year old comprehensive system of medicine based on a holistic approach rooted in Vedic culture. ...


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