Web Site of District Sonipat
Sonipat Also spelled as Sonepat,
is an ancient town and a municipal council in Sonipat District in the
state of Haryana, India. It is believed that it was founded as Suvarnaprastha
by the five Pandava brothers during the times of Mahabharata. Another
legend ascribed it to Raja Soni, the thirteenth descendent of Arjuna,
one of the Pandava brothers. Sonipat district is a part of
the Eastern Haryana Plain. The name of the district is derived after its
headquarters town, Sonipat. It is often believed that Sonepat (now spelt
as Sonipat) was one of the five Preasthas or towns demanded by Yudhisthira
from Duryodhana as the price of peace. Another tradition ascribes its
foundation to Raja Soni, thirteenth in descent from Arjuna, a brother
of Yudhishthira. Both the traditions are without substance. There is no
mention of Sonipat in the Mahabharata, although it has been noted much
earlier by the great grammerian Panini in his celebrated Ashtadhyayi.
The town was therefore already in existence around 600 B.C.