Hastinapur holds its root in the epic Mahabharat which is
based on the famous war of Kurukshetra. It was the capital of the kingdom of
Kauravas. It holds its relevance during the Mughal times as well. It was ruled
by Raja Nain Singh Nagar. Many temples were built in and around Hastinapur by
him. Hence, the city was ruled by both Kauravas and Gujjar at separate times.
The place is full of temples built by many rulers over time. In fact, the
abundance of archaeological artifacts is so much that the archaeologists are
excavating even to this day. Not only does Hastinapur have temples for Hindus,
but also for Jains.
Places to see:
Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated in the old
city of Hastinapur. Close to it is an idol of Maa Kaali which is taken care of
by the local Bengalis. The location is surrounded by natural forests and
Karan Temple: This
temple is again dedicated to Lord Shiva and legend has it that the shivlinga
inside the temple was made by Karan himself. It situated along the bank of the
older course of the River Ganga.
Jain Temple: Jainism
had been very influential here since time immemorial. It is considered to be
one of the most important pilgrim places in the Jain religion.
Vidura ka Tila: This
place derives its name from Vidhura, half brother of Dhritarashtra and Pandu.
It consists of several mounds some of which are as high as 60 feet.
How to reach
By air: Indira
Gandhi International airport is the closest airport. From there taxis are available
By rail: The
nearest railway station is situated at Meerut. From there again, taxis are
By road: Bus
services are available within various cities.