Jyotisar, Kurukshetra, Haryana
Jyotisar is a town situated in Kurukshetra district of Haryana. It is located 5km west on Thanesar- Kurukshetra Pehowa road. It is believed that Lord Krishna delivered the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna at this place. There is a Banyan tree under which Krishna delivered sermon to Arjuna and as well showed him his Virat Rupa (Universal form).
Jyoti means “light” and Sar means “river” signifies the meaning of Jyotisar as ‘river of light or knowledge”. The famous Kaurawa – Pandava fight in Mahabharata started there. Local traditions believe that Jyotisar is a place where Lord Krishna right before the Mahabharata delivered sermon to his wavering friend Arjuna to fight against injustice. A White marble Chariot depicting Krishna- Arjuna is also placed there. Locals also says that Adi Shankracharya thought of site of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Firstly about 150 years ago, a Shiv temple was established by King of Kashmir. Later in 1824, King of Darbhanga raised a bandstand around Akshay Vat/ Banyan tree. In 1967, with the efforts of Kamakoti Peetha Shankracharyaji, Krishna- Arjuna Chariot and the temple of Shankracharyaji have been established.
Every year on the occasion of Gita Jayanti celebrated on Shukla Ekadashi, 11th day of waxing moon of Margashirsha month, is grandly celebrated on this day. Bhajans and Poojas are held on this auspicious day.
Legend / Local stories
Jyotisar is a town on the Kurukshetra-Pehowa road, in the Kurukshetra district of Haryana, India. It is at this place where Krishna delivered the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna to remove his confusion and dilemma and prepared him to face stronger and greater warriors like Bhishma and Karna in the Mahabharata War.
The banyan tree under which the Bhagavad Gita was delivered still stands.The sacred Banyan tree at Jyotisar.Jyoti’ means light and ‘Sar’ means the core meaning. Hence the name of place is a reference to the ‘core meaning of light’ or ultimately of God. It is one of the most revered holy sites of the holy city of Kurukshetra. A Vat (Banyan tree) stands on a raised plinth. Local traditions say that this 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 Virat rupa (Universal form).
A marble chariot depicting Krishna delivering the sermon to Arjuna marks the site of the Srimad Bhagwad Gita. In one secluded section of this center, an old Shiva temple can also be seen. Hundreds of years ago, a holy water tank was present here and it can still be seen in the rainy season. The Kurukshetra Development Board has renovated the site in recent times. A mango shaped lake has been constructed here with covered bathing ghats for ladies. Cement parapets and enclosures have been built for protection. A light and music show is organized by the tourism department at the site, on a regular basis, which recreates episodes from the epic Mahabharata. A restaurant and accommodation wing for pilgrims have been built and the entire area has been landscaped with flowering bushes and eucalyptus trees.
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