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'''Kurukshetra''' ({{audio|Kurukshetra.ogg|pronunciation}}) is a city in the state of [[Haryana]], [[India]]. It is also known as '''Dharmakshetra''' ("Holy Place") and as the "Land of the [[Bhagavad Gita]]". Kurukshetra lies at distance of 160 km from [[New Delhi]] and about 93 km from [[Chandigarh]] - city with the nearest airport.
According to the [[Puranas]], Kurukshetra is a region named after [[King Kuru]], the ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas, as depicted in epic [[Mahabharata]]. The importance of the place is attributed to the fact that the [[Kurukshetra War]] of the [[Mahabharata]] was fought on this land and the [[Bhagavad Gita]] was preached here during the war when Lord [[Krishna]] found [[Arjuna]] in a terrible dilemma.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://kurukshetra.nic.in/history/history.htm|title=History of Kurukhsetra|publisher=|deadurl=yes|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20120311042020/http://kurukshetra.nic.in/history/history.htm|archivedate=11 March 2012|df=dmy-all}}</ref>
Before the establishment of a refugee camp named Kurukshetra in 1947, Thanesar was the name of the tehsil headquarters and the town. [[Thanesar]] or [[Thanesar|Sthaneswar]] is a historical town located adjacent to what is now the newly created Kurukshetra city. Thanesar 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. Local hearsay identifies the legendary "Kurukshetra" with a place near [[Thanesar]]. A few kilometers from Kurukshetra is the village known as [[Amin Village|Amin]], where there are remnants of a fort which is believed to be [[Abhimanyu]]'s.