About the Temple
An ancient temple of Lakhamandal is situated in the Jaunsar-Bawar of Dehradun district in Uttarakhand. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This temple is very popular among the Shakti Cult as they believe that a visit to this temple will end their misfortunes. The temple is adorned with marvellous artistic work. Lakhamandal gets its name from words: Lakh meaning "many" and Mandals meaning "temples" or "Lingam". The temple houses two Shiv Lings with different colour and shape. The Dark Green Shiv Ling belongs to Dwapar Yug & Red Shiv Ling belongs to Treta Yug. Inside the temple, the footprints of baby Parvati can be seen on a rock, which is a uniqueness of this temple. The idols of Lord Kartikeya, Lord Ganesh, Lord Vishnu & Lord Hanuman are also installed inside the temple. The temple has a huge verandah and in the middle of that, a big Shiva ling is placed on a platform. Two Nandi are placed on the either side of the main gate outside the temple.
It is believed that LakhaMandal temple has a legendary background and was built by Yudhishthir. This is the place where Duryudhan constructed “Lakhshya Griha” to kill Pandavas but fortunately Pandavas were saved by the power of the Shakti. Hence, a Shakti Temple had been constructed here to celebrate the holy power of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Pandavas escaped through a cave. The cave ends at a distance of 2 km from the LakhaMandal temple. The present temple was constructed in the 8th Century with numerous stone engraved images with a mythological association. Two 6 ft tall statues are installed near the temple which is known as the gatekeeper of the temple. Many broken parts of temple & Shiva Lings can be seen scattered in the temple premises. At some distance from LakhaMandal temple, there is a stone Shiva Ling which shines after pouring water on it. One can also see the own image while pouring water on it.
According to the locals, this temple and the surrounding areas are believed to be the place where Duryodhana conspired to burn alive the Pandavas in the Lakshyagriha house, constructed with shellac. As per the hearsay, this temple was first discovered when a cow used to drain her milk on the Shiva Ling every day. One day the owner followed his cow and he found out this temple. The LakhaMandal temple is a replica of Kedarnath shrine.
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport (130 km) which is located at Dehradun.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Dehradun (107 km).
By Road: Dehradun is very well connected with roads and can be reached by buses and taxis.