Jind, which is an important district headquarter, is an erstwhile princely state. In history it was known first as Jayanti Nagri and then as Jayantpuri. With the passage of time, it came to be called Jind. It is said that the Indra’s Lord Raja Jayant, worshipped the Goddess Mother for her boon of victory in the Jayanti Devi temple, which is situated on the bank of western bank of Yamuna canal in Jind . Because of that temple, the city came to be called Jind.
It is said that the land of Jind is sacred as well as impious. According to a legend , when the Pandavas reached this land with their mother Kunti, after the Mahabharta War, Mata Kunti expressed her desire to get married again. It was due to the impious effect of this city on her.
On the way they came across a sadhu who asked them to leave this city at once. As soon as the Pandavas left the Jayantpuri, mata Kunti became calm and her desire to get married again left her.
According to archaeologists, there are hints that this city was ruined five times and them it flourished again. In the Ramayana, Lord Rama passed from this city when he came to win Sita’s hand in the Sawayamvar by breaking the Shiva’s Bow. In the Treta epoch, Bhagwan Parshuram had fought his battle against injustice at this land. Even now thousands of pilgrims converge at Ramrai , which is a place of pilgrimage about eight kilometers from Jind.
In village Pindara, near Jind, Dharamaraj Yudhishtra came to offer pinds for his relatives who were killed in the Mahabharta war. During the War, Duryadhana hid himself inside a pond in the Ikkas village near Jind, but Bhima found him out and killed him.
An important tourist as well as pilgrimage centre of Jind is the Bhuteshwar Temple or Rani Talab. It is built on the pattern of the Golden Temple of Amritsar. It is said that the king of Jind got it built so that his queen could take bath here. In the middle of the talab, there is the temple of Lord Shiva. The devout persons converge here on auspicious days. The temple has in its premises different idols of gods and goddesses which are unique in themselves.