Lakhamandal is situated in Uttarakhand on the banks of river Yamuna at an elevation of about 2,118 metres above the sea level. There is cantonment township in Lakhamandal . Here is an ancient Hindu temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is very popular among Shakti Cult, who believes that a visit to this shrine will end the misfortune. The place is also a place of Historical and Mythological significance in India. This monument has been declared to be of national importance under the ancient monuments and Archaeological Sites and remains act, 1958.
Lakhamandal is famous for the ancient temple which is visited by a large number of devotees every year. Lakhmandal caves are also another major attraction of the village which makes it famous. The lush greenery also makes it a place of interest for most of the people. The unique Shiva Lingam is another thing for which lakhamandal is famous for.
Lakhmandal is a mixture of two words lakha means “many” and mandal means “lingam”. The temple is built in North Indian Architectural style which is common in the hilly region of Garhwal, Jaunsar and Himanchal. The main attraction of the shrine is the Graphite Lingam which shines when it is wet. There are two statues named Danav and Manav located beside the main shrine and they are believed to be its doormen. Lakhamandal has also few caves known as Dhundi Odaari in local Jaunsari language. The village Lakhamandal has abundant natural beauty which attracts the tourists from nearby tourist destinations like Chakrata and Mussoorie to visit the place.
Lakhamandal has rich history and it is believed that Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati are the embodiments of Shakti and they are supposed to relieve men from pains and pangs of daily life and this is the reason devotees visit the temple all year round to seek blessings from Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Nagara style temple of Lord Shiva was built in Circa and large number of sculptures and Architectural members are spread in the vicinity suggest the remains of more shrines of the same cult in the past but presently only this shrine remains.
Lakhamandal provides a fascinating landscape for trekkers and nature admirers. The virgin forests of conifers, oaks and rhododendrons are best suited for long walks. The place is ideal for photo junkies as the ancient temple and the landscape provide immense opportunities to be captures and kept as a memory for their unique selves. A village walk provides a soothing effect to the mind filling one with the best vibes as one breathes the fresh air and watches the glories of the nature at its best
There are hardly any restaurants in Lakhamandal. One restaurant is near Yamuna bridge but it is better that one does not expect much from there as the restaurant is located in village locality.
There are no popular hotels in Lakhamandal but there are many hotels in-route to the place where one can make a stay. Some of the hotels are Golden Arc, Lakhamandal Resort, Hotel River View, Hotel Pawan Hans, Hotel Dev Bhoomi, Hotel Garhwal palace and many others which are located in the nearby places.
According to the locals the temple in Lakhamandal is believed t be the area where Duryodhana of the epic Mahabharata conspired to burn alive the Bhaskar in the Lakshyagriha house which was constructed with shellac. Some people believe that the statues of Danav and Manav who are said to be the doormen of the temple are actually the pandava brothers Arjun and Bhima. They also resemble Jai and Vijay who are the doormen of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that if a peson who is dying is brought at the entrance of the temple he returns to life as Manav keeps the person alive while Danav takes the person’s soul to Lord Vishnu’s abode.
There is a cave near the temple named Dhundhi Odaari . Dhundi means “foggy” while Odaari means “cave” and it is believed that Pandavas took refuge in this cave to save themselves from Duryodhana.
The people in Lakhamandal are mostly of Jaunsari tribe and festive sports and folk dances are an important part of their culture which makes their tribe very vibrant and fascinating. One major festival celebrated in Lakhamandal is Shivratri which is the birthday of Lord Shiva and as the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva this festival is celebrated as the major festival of the village. Another most important festival of the tribe in Lakhamandal which is different from others is the “Magh Mela” which has a ritual of sacrificing an animal. Other Indian festivals like Holi and Diwali are also celebrated with great pomp in Lakhamandal.