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Seek Blessings From Graphite Shiva at Lakhamandal Temple!

By Akshatha Vinayak

Amidst the backdrop of Himalayan foothills stands this shrine of Lord Shiva. It is built similar to the other temples of the region. It is a stone architecture perched on a hill top in the village of Lakhamandal.

This shrine is known as Lakhamandal Temple in Dehradun. It is one of the famous Shiva temples in Uttarakhand.


Lakhamandal Temple
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Legends of Lakhamandal Temple

The legend of Lakhamandal is related to the epic Mahabharatha. It is said that the Pandavas were living in a house named Lakshyagriha (house of wax) in this region. That is when Duryodhana plots to burn the wax house Lakshyahriha. Legends say that this house was in Lakhamandal.


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Another legend is connected with a hidden cave near Lakhamandal Temple. This cave which is known as Dhundi Odaari is said to be the cave where the Pandavas took refuge when Duryodhana was searching them.

Structure of Lakhamandal Temple

Lakhamandal Temple has a rustic ambience coupled with an elegant architecture. The prime deity of Shiva and the statues of doormen are the two main attractions in Lakhamandal Temple.


Shiva Lingam
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'Lakha' meaning many and 'mandal' meaning temples; the place of many temples or in particular Lingams. Here, the Shiva Lingam is made out of graphite and it reflects when it is wet.

The Speculation of Dwarapalakas

The doormen or dwarapalakas are the intriguing part of the temple. Some believe they are the statues of the Pandava brothers Arjuna and Bhima while others say they are 'Manav' and 'Dhanav'. It is also said that they are Jaya and Vijaya (the doormen of Lord Vishnu's abode). Since the place is related with Mahabharatha, it is possible that these are the idols of the two Pandava brothers.


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History of Lakhamandal Temple

Temple inscriptions indicate to the period of Gupta dynasty. The temple is said to be built during 8th to 15th century.


Dhundi Odaar Cave
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Tourist Places Near Lakhamandal Temple

Dhundhi Odaari Cave, Kempty Falls, Chakrata, Dehradun (118km) and Mussorrie (75km) are the top tourist places near Lakhamandal Temple.

How to Reach Lakhamandal

Lakhamandal is situated on the Mussoorie - Yamunotri Road. Tourists can take buses or taxis from Chakrata to reach Lakhamandal.

Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Lakhamandal.

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