Source: Punjab Kesari
Wire Service: IANS
On March 30, 2006 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "Nearly one million people Wednesday took a dip in the sacred Brahma Sarovar pond during the first total solar eclipse of the century. Even though the solar eclipse was partially visible here and other parts of Haryana, tens of thousands people converged to this Hindu holy city for a dip in the pond. Kurukshetra is known as the land of the battle described in the epic Mahabharata, and a dip in the pond during an eclipse is considered to be auspicious by the Hindus. Officials said the number of pilgrims visiting the city Wednesday was higher than usual as a religious festival is also going on in the nearby town of Pehowa."