Rantuk Yaksh Birpipli

About It

This shrine dedicated to Rantuk Yaksha is situated on the banks of Saraswati in a place called Beed Pipli in Kurukshetra. According to Mahabharata, the holy land of Kurukshetra is situated between Saraswati and Drishdwati. Four Yakshas are located in the four corners of this land. This Yaksha was called the protector of Kurukshetra land. In the Mahabharata, these Yakshas are called by the names Tarantuk, Arantuk, Ramhrad and Machkruk, whose land between them is called Kurukshetra, Samantpanchak and the north altar of Brahma.  ​​Yaksha located in Beed Pipli has been called Tarantuk Yaksha in Mahabharata. Later, Tarantuk Yaksha was known as Runtuk Yaksha. This Yaksha is also called Ratnuk Yaksha in Vamana Purana. According to this Purana, before starting the journey to Kurukshetra, it is necessary to have a glimpse of the Ratnuk Yaksha, as this Yaksha used to remove the obstacles which were on the way during the pilgrimage. According to the Vamana Purana, no person could be entitled to visit the pilgrimages of Kurukshetra without greeting this Yaksha. In this Purana it is also known as Yakshendra.
According to the Vamana Purana, after taking a bath on this Yaksha shrine situated on the banks of Saraswati, the revolutions of Kurukshetra were considered successful along with the darshan of the temple located here.
Presently this shrine is known as Chitta temple. To reach here is a bypass from Pipli-Pehowa route. Situated on the banks of Saraswati, there have been many archaeological installations near this shrine, which include remnants of cultures ranging from gray painted pottery of the second millennium BCE to the ancient historical period to the medieval period. The antiquity of this shrine also proves itself by these archaeological evidences.


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Rantuk Yaksh Birpipli
Location:  Thanesar, Haryana
Coordinates:  29.981647,76.88344