The holy Banyan Tree, which is supposed to have witnessed Krishna delivering the sermon of Bhagavad Gita
Marble Chariot at Jyotisar

Jyotisar is a town on the Kurukshetra-Pehowa road, in the Kurukshetra district of Haryana, India.


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).

History and legendsEdit

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.[1][2]

Jyotisar religious tourismEdit

Jyotisar tirthEdit

Jyotisar tirth, which is part of 48 kos parikrama of Kurukshetra, has been renovated and enhanced by the Kurukshetra Development Board. A marble chariot depicting Krishna delivering the sermon to Arjuna marks the site of the Bhagavad Gita. There is also an old Shiva temple. A mango shaped lake has been constructed here with covered bathing ghats for ladies. Cemented chhajjas (parapets) and enclosures have been built for protection. A dharamshala (guesthouse) and restaurant for Yatris (pilgrims) have been built, and the entire area has been landscaped with flowering bushes and eucalyptus trees.

Theme parkEdit

In January 2019, govt is constructing a theme park with 5 themed multimedia exhibit halls and a meditation hall. It is being developed under Srikrishna Religious Tourism Circuit.[3]

Light and sound showEdit

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. In January 2019, govt is renovating the existing light and sound show with INR6 crore.[3]

Kalpana Chawla PlanetariumEdit

The government of Haryana has built the Kalpana Chawla Planetarium in Jyotisar.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jyotisar Kurukshetra district website.
  2. ^ "Jyotisar". Haryana Tourism Corporation Limited. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b haryana to expedite construction of new light and sound show, Dainik bhaskar, 18 Jan 2019.
  4. ^ 29° 57' 42.42" N 76° 46' 16.12" E

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 29°57′40″N 76°46′08″E / 29.961°N 76.769°E / 29.961; 76.769

  1. ^ Kali Mata Temple
  2. ^ Dada Shambhunath Shiv temple, village Mahri built by Raja Puranmal aka Salewan of Sialkot
  3. ^ Shambunath at Nahri <, NIC Sonipat.
  4. ^ Note: Sialkot is is ancient city of Sagala city razed by Alexander the Great in 326 BCE, and then made capital of the Indo-Greek Kingdom by Menander I in the 2nd century BCE – a time during which the city greatly prospered as a major centre for trade and Buddhist thought.