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 Indras 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 Sitas hand in the Sawayamvar by
breaking the Shivas 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.