Ban Gangaa is one of the prime attractions of Kurukshetra District. It lays 5 km away from Kurukshetra-Kirmich road. At this place, a tank, images of Mahabharata heroes, and a Hanuman temple can be seen.
About the Temple
According to legend, Arjun, the Pandava prince took an oath to kill Jaidrath who had murdered his son Abhimanyu by dusk, or kill himself if he could not succeed. The Kauravas hid Jaidrath so that Arjun would kill himself to carry out his oath. Arjun started his search for Jaidrath and waged a severe battle. His horses were wounded and tired. At the time, Arjun stuck an arrow in the earth and a spring broke out suddenly, which is worshipped as the Ban Gangaa. Lord Krishna bathed the horses, washed their wounds and helped them to quench their thirst. It is claimed that Bhishma, lying on the bed of arrows felt thirst and asked Arjun to quench his thirst. As he would not drink the water of the mortal world the great hero Arjun pierced the Earth with his powerful arrow, and water gushed out in the shape of a spring. Bhishma drank the holy water and thanked Arjun for his great deed. Pilgrims bathe in this holy tank and earn the combined merit of all the holy waters. It was here that Bhisma rested on his bed of arrows till the end of war and gave his last advice to Yudhistar, the eldest of the Pandavas.
Baisakhi is the most celebrated day at Ban Gangaa. A fair is conducted on this day.
The nearest airport is Chandigarh Airport about 75 km.
Thanesar has its own railway station which connects all neighbouring cities and states.
NH-1 connects Chandigarh and Delhi. Road network in Thanesar is very good by which all other major cities and states are connected.
Thanesar, Haryana 136119
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Get married to a person of a girl's choice
- Health and longevity of husband
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.
The temple is open from 05:00 am to 7:00 pm.