The Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple located in Thanesar is a
small and distinct temple with an air of an antiquity. The Pandavas prayed
to Lord Shiva and received His blessings for victory in the battle of
Mahabharata. Just adjacent to Thanesar is Kamal Nabhi temple.
Legend has it that the waters of the tank adjoining the temple are holy. A few drops of water cured king 'Ban' of leprosy. No pilgrimage to Kurukshetra is believed to be entirely complete without a visit to this holy temple. The tank and temple lie a short distance from Thanesar town, which gets its name from this temple.
The Presiding Deity
The temple of Sthaneshwar is the abode of Lord Shiva. It once formed an important part of the Kingdom of King Harsha Vardhan of the Pushyabhuti dynasty. The temple with a domical roof follows regional type of architecture. The façade of the roof is shaped like an 'amla' shape alongwith a tall pinnacle. The 'Linga' is ancient and worshipped still by the people.
Nearby Pilgrimage: Kamal Nabhi
Adjacent to the town of Thanesar lies the temple of Kamal Nabhi. Mythology has it that Brahma the Creator was born out of a lotus that grew from the navel of Lord Vishnu. The temple here has the images of Lord Vishnu and Brahma.
About 1½ miles from Thanesar on Kurukshetra-Pehowa Road lies a tank named Narkatari. It is believed that Bhishma Pitamah of Mahabharatha epic lay on a bed of arrows.