Panipat is an ancient and historic city in Haryana state.
According to the legend, Panipat was one of the five cities (prasthas) founded by the Pandava brothers during the times of the Mahabharata; its historic name being Panduprastha. Panipat was the scene of three pivotal battles in the Indian history. Panipat is first recorded in the Mahabharata as one of the 5 villages that the Pandavas demanded from Duryodhana. The five villages are the “panch pat”
Padavaprastha (Now known as Panipat)
Sonaprastha (Now known as Sonipat)
Indraprastha (Now known as Delhi)
Bahakprastha (Now known as Baghpat)
Tilprastha (Now known as Tilpat)
The battles fought at the city in 1526, 1556 and 1761 were turning points in Indian history known as Battles of Panipat.
The flyover across the Grand Trunk Road in Panipat is one of the longest flyovers in India.
The city is famous in India by the name of “City of Weaver”. Panipat is a city of textiles and carpets. It is the biggest center for quality blankets and carpets in India and has a hand-loom weaving industry.
The first verse of the Bhagavad Gita is possibly referencing to Panipat as ‘Dharmakshetra’