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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.

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