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Jind, A Homage to Shrines

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Jind, a district in Haryana is an ancient tirtha which finds mention in the epic Mahabharata. Pandavas built the Jayanti Devi Temple to honour the goddess Jainti, who was regarded as the goddess of victory and success. The town came up around this temple as Jaintapuri, which was later known as Jind.

Apart from mythology, several pre-Harappan, the late-Harappan and the painted Grey Ware pottery have been found around the district. Also the mention of its tirthas in the ancient Puranas collaborate the findings.

Some of the places to visit in Jind include Bhuteshvara Temple, Dhamtan Sahib Gurudwara, Hazrat Gaibi Sahib, Jayanti Devi Temple, Hansdehar and more.

How to Reach Jind

How to Reach Jind

By Air: The nearest airport is The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, which is 145 km from the city. It is well connected to other major cities of the country.

By Train: Jind Railway Station, located on the Northern Railway network, connects the city to Delhi, Patiala, Chandigarh and other major towns of Haryana and other neighbouring states.

By Road: Jind is connected by the NH-71. In addition, a wide network of well paved roads connect the city to other cities like Bhiwani, Ambala, Chandigarh, Faridabad, Hisar, Jagadhri and Karnal.

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Bhuteshvara temple

Bhuteshvara temple

Bhuteshwar temple is called so because it is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is also called Bhootnath, the lord of ghosts and spirits. This tourist attarction in Jind is built along the same pattern as the Golden Temple of Amritsar. There is a huge water tank here. One reason for building the tank was for the queen take a bath in it. The temple houses the idols of several other gods and goddesses.

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Dhamtan Sahib Gurudwara

Dhamtan Sahib Gurudwara

Dhamtan is a religious and historical place to visit in Jind. The village is home to an ancient Shiva temple and an ashram of Rishi Valmiki, the author of the epic Ramayan. It is also believed that Lord Ram conducted the Asvamedha Yagya at this place. Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth guru of the Sikhs is also believed to have stayed here on his journey to Delhi. A fort like gurudwara in a 500 acre area, gifted by the locals to the Guru was built to commemorate the visit of the guru. There is also another gurudwara in the village named Manji Sahib.

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Hazrat Gaibi Sahib

Hazrat Gaibi Sahib

Hazrat Gaibi Sahib is a major tourist attraction in Jind. The tomb houses the remains of a great sufi saint of the same name, Hazrat Gaibi Sahib. He was known as an extremely spiritual and pious person. Sufi saints are known to possess supernatural powers and Hazrat Gaibi Sahib was considered no exception. It is said that he just miraculously disappeared into the ground! The tomb is surrounded by a beautiful tank where the devout wash their hands and feet before offering their prayers.

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Jayanti Devi Temple

Jayanti Devi Temple

Jayanti Devi Temple, a place to visit in Jind, was built some 550 years back in reverence to the wishes of the daughter of a king of Kangra, who was married to one of the sons of the ruler of Hathnaur located in the north of Chandigarh. The princess was an ardent devotee of Jayanti Devi, the goddess of their clan. The village Jayanti Majri and Jayanti Archaeological Museum located at the foot of the hill as well as the seasonal stream, Jayanti Rao, flowing close by, owe their names to the temple which can be reached after climbing a hundred steps. Even today many devotees come to pay their respect at this temple.

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Hansdehar

Hansdehar

A tourist attraction in Jind is the village of Hansdehar. The name of the village comes from an anecdote which says that Lord Brahma came here on his bird (goose) to participate in the marriage of Rishi Kardam. It is believed that Hansdehar was the birthplace of Rishi Kardam and that he performed meditation at this place for several years. It is also believed that the sacred river Saraswati flowed by the village and that the Pandav brothers performed the rituals of offering 'pind daan' to their ancestors here. The village is home to a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bindusar Tirtha.

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Ramrai

Ramrai

Ramrai or Ramray, a Jat dominated village, is located on the Jind-Hansi road 8 km in the western side of district Jind. The village owes its name to Ramahrada, a pool built by the ever angry warrior-sage Lord Parshuram. An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Parshuram is located nearby. The idol in the shrine is worshiped regularly. Ramrai is an ancient village and is a popular religious destination for the people in the surrounding areas, who flock to it in large numbers all through the year.

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Varaha

Varaha

Varaha is the Sanskrit word for boar. According to scriptures, it is one among the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu that he took to protect his devotees from their misfortunes. A shrine called Varaha Tirtha dedicated to Lord Vishnu is situated in the village. It is believed that Lord Vishnu stayed at this place when he assumed the form of a boar. A bath in the shrine pool is believed to provide blessings of Lord Vishnu.

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