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Kurukshetra remained a great seat of learning during ancient period. A major part of Vedic literature, including the Brahmanas, the Aranvakas, the Upinshadas and the Canoncial Sutras, was composed on the banks of the sacred river Saraswati where Rishis lived with large number of their disciples. A detailed scrutiny of the Mahabharata leaves us in no doubt that a major portion of the great epic was also composed here. Lord Krishna recited Gita in the battlefield of Kurukshetra and Manu wrote his great smriti (Manusmriti) sitting on the banks of the Saraswati at Prithudaka (modern Pehowa).