June 19th, 2012

58. Jyotisar site, Kurukshetra, India

It is written in Puranas that Kurukshetra is named after King Kuru of the Bharata Dynasty, ancestor of Pandavas and Kauravas.The Vamana Purana tells how King Kuru came to settle on this land. He chose this land about 4000 years ago for embedding spirituality with 8 virtues: austerity, truth, forgiveness, kindness, purity, charity, yagya and brahmacharya.

Lord Vishnu was impressed with the act of King Kuru and blessed him and gave him two promises: one that this land forever will be known as a Holy Land after his name as Kurukshetra (the land of Kuru) and the other that anyone dying on this land will be going to heaven.

Later the Battle of Mahabharata was fought on this land, during which Lord Krishna preached Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna.

Jyotisar is one of the most revered holy sites of the holy city of Kurukshetra. A Banyan tree is an offshoot of the holy Banyan tree under which Lord Krishna delivered the sermon of Bhagavad Gita, the doctrine of Karma and Dharma to his wavering friend Arjuna. It is here that He showed his Universal form, the terrifying image of Himself as the Destroyer God.

We dis our prayers and wished happiness to everybody from this historical and amazing place.

Be happy!:)
Hare Krishna!

59. Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple, Thaneshwar, India

Thaneshwar derives its name from the word "Sthaneshwar", which means "Place of God". The Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple, whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva, is believed to be the oldest temple in the vicinity. It was here that the Pandavas prayed to Lord 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 the King Ban of leprosy. No pilgrimage of Kurukshetra is believed to be complete without a visit to this ancient, holy temple.

It is also believed that Lord Shiva was first worshipped here in the form of a lingam. The ancestor of the Mahabharata heroes, Kuru, performed penance on the banks of the Yamuna and Parshuram, the great warrior sage killed many Kshatriyas here.

We did our prayers here and wished happiness to everybody also from this amazing place.

Om Namah Shivaya