This pilgrimage site is situated at Kurukṣetra (Kurukshetra), on the western side of the river Yamuna. Located here are temples of abode dedicated to Brahmā (Brahma) and Mahādeva (Mahadeva). Rudrāṇī (Rudrani) occupies the west, and Padmanābha (Padmanabha) occupies the north of this holy place. It has been referred to as sarvadevatīrtha (sarvadevatirtha, or the place of pilgrimage devoted to all gods). Visiting this place would exempt one from experiencing naraka (or hell). That is why it is known as Anaraka—
tato gacchedanarakaṃ tīrthasevī narādhipa.
tatra snātā naro rājan na durgatimavapnuyāt.
Ablution at this holy site spares one from visiting naraka.
This place of pilgrimage is presently known as Naraka-tarī (Naraka-tari, literally, the ferry of hell). Originally, Naraka-tarī was a village in Kurukṣetra, where Bhīṣma-kuṇḍa (Bhishma-kunda, literally, the pit of Bhishma) is located. It is situated on the southern bank of the river Sarasvatī (Saraswati), and now falls within the state of Haryana.
Anaraka is a sacred place visited by followers of the three strands of the Hindu religion—Vaiṣṇava (Vaishnava), Śaiva (Shaiva), and Śākta (Shakta)— to attain piety.