By Swami Harshananda
Kuru, the Founder of the Kuru Dynasty
The words Kurujāṅgala, Kurupāñcāla and Kurukṣetra are often found in the epics and the purāṇas. All these are connected with Kuru, the founder of the dynasty bearing his name (also referred to as Kuruvanśa). He was the son of Tapatī and Sanvaraṇa of Candravamśa or the race of the Moon.
Kuru, Son of Āgnīdhra
There was another Kuru, the seventh son of the king Āgnīdhra who had nine sons. He became the ruler of 1/9 th of his father’s kingdom which was famous as Kuruvarṣa.
Kuru, Son of Saiṅvaraṇa
Kuru, the son of the king Saiṅvaraṇa, built a yāgaśālā between the river Sarasvatī and Dṛśadvatī. It later came to be known as Kurukṣetra. There is no unanimity among the scholars about this Kurukṣetra being the same where the Mahābhārata war took place.
- Yāgaśālā is a huge campus for performing Vedic sacrifices.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore