Shri Gulzari Lalji Nanda Association with Kurukshetra
Shri Gulzari Lal Nanda jee visited Kurukshetra in the year 1967.
The occasion was an important religious day of Somwati Amavas,
during which devout Hindus take a dip in the Brahmsarovar (tank) in the holy
city of Kurukshetra.Shri Nanda jee went
to the Sarovar. There was little water in the lake. Therefore, he smeared his
body with slush from the holy spot and returmed. He began to ask himself how was
it that a well-known religious place of pilgrimage like Kurukshetra could be
allowed to fall a prey to neglect? He decided that he would do something about it.
Stepped in religious sentiments he spoke about the matter to Haryana's Chief
Minister, Sh. Bansi Lal, an old-time friend and of his decision to take things in
hand to restore Kurukshetra to its due place.
The Chief Minister Sh. Bansi Lal was impressed with the decision.
In August 1968. the Kurukshetra Development Board was set up under the Chairmanship of Shri Gulzari Lal Nanda.
Shri Nanda jee remained the chairman of the Board upto 26th June, 1990.
Shri Nanda jee had seen to it that pilgrims visiting Kurukshetra were
provided with better bathing facilities,Civic amenities and accommodation.The beautification and development of
places of worship were taken in hand in a big way as also their round the year
The renovation of the Brahmsarovar, the tank where lakhs
of pilgrims go for a dip at the time of the solar eclipse and several other
occasions, was his most spectacular achievement. On any occasion more than Two lakhs
visitors can take holy bath simultaneously in the sarovar.
. The Jyolisar has been given a marble covering in the midst of which
stands an ancient tree, the sole remaining witness of a great event.
It was Shri Nanda Jee desire to see a sizeable museum dedicated to
the life of Lord Krishna come up in Kurukshetra.
. He wanted the Museum to present all the diverse aspects
that have venerated Kurukshetra to be known as Dharmakshetra”.
It was decided to enlarge the concept of the Sr Krishna
Museum to display finds from local excavations besides other collections.
Kurukshetra becameShri Nanda jee second home after he completed his work in Delhi.
It became the headquarter of the Manav Dharam Mission. It is here that he set
up several Ayurvedic institutions — a pharmacy which experimented with the
production of new drugs, including one for cancer. An Ayurvedic college and
hospital started by him has now been taken over and is being run by the Haryana
Shri Gulzarilal Nanda Jee breathed his last on 15th January 1998.A beautiful
memorial has been constructed by the Haryana State as a mark of respect to him
for his contribution for the devlopment of Kurukshetra.