Meaning: noun: Kurukshetra, a city in the state of Haryana, India, where the war described in the Hindu epic of Mahabharata is supposed to have been fought.
ਪ੍ਰਥਮ ਆਏ ਕੁਲਖੇਤਿ ਗੁਰ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪੁਰਬੁ ਹੋਆ॥
pratham aa-e kulkhet gur satigur purab hoaa
(Guru Amar Das) first arrived at Kurukshetra. (By his arrival there, the day of abhijit muhurat) was turned to be the day of the Guru, the true Guru
– Guru Ram Das Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 1116
Message: First stop on the journey by Guru Amar Das was Kurukshetra. The exact dates of his travel are not known, but, he arrived there during a solar eclipse.
When he reached there, the news of the Guru’s arrival spread far and wide. Visitors from all around the places came to see him. People from all fields of life, sages, seekers and ordinary folks bowed before the Guru. Yogis, sanyasis and other ascetics, from all schools of thoughts, conversed and paid their homage to the Guru.
The presence of the Guru was a blessed moment for the people. They humbly listened to his words and absorbed his teachings. Thus they were motivated to shed their self-centred thoughts and wrong doings. They felt spiritually illuminated and elevated.
Etymology: Blend of kuru (King Kuru) + shetra (region), hence the place or region named after King Kuru, the ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas as depicted in epic Mahabharata.