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The State of Haryana

First Online: March 01, 2001
Page Last Updated: October 31, 2016

Brief History of Haryana

The region of Haryana is mentioned as Brahmavarta in the Manusmruti, and the name Haryana evokes memories of mythology and history. On the banks of the river Saraswati, the rishis (sages) in their yogic trance perceived the hymns of the Vedas. At Kurukshetra, the epic battle of Mahabharata was fought. At Thanesar rule Harshavardhana 1400 years ago. His was the last Hindu empire. After him the country remained divided into regional kingdoms till the Tomara Rajputs established themselves in Delhi. Around 1000 A.D. Mahmud Ghazani invaded India and plundered Thanesar. That tempted other invading armies to march on its soil in the following centuries.

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