Lakhamandal Shiva Temple on Naugaon – Barkot Route in Dehradun in Uttarakhand



Lakhamandal Temple is famous for its unique architecture and hundreds of granite murtis of Hindu gods and goddess. The main shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Legend has it that Kauravas had conspired to kill Pandavas by burning them in the house of lac here. The temple is located on the Naugaon – Barkot Route and is around 70 km from Dehradun.



Legend has it that a cow from a nearby region used to swim the river and go into the forest and return after a couple of hours. When the king of region was informed about the unique event, he asked his soldiers to follow the cow. The soldiers found that the cow was pay obeisance to a Shivling. This led to the discovery of the Shivling.

The temple is a classic example of Katyuri architecture. The main Shivling in the temple is surrounded by several black granite murtis of Hindu gods and goddesses.

There are beautiful black granite murtis of Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati, Kartik, Krishna, Vishnu, Navgrahas, Vishwakarma, Mata Anjani, Hanuman, Durga, Surya, Kal Bhairav, Mahishasura Mardini, and Nandi.

The temple gets its name Lakhamandal from the numerous Shivling found in the temple complex.

Murtis of Danav and Manav can be found in the outer compound of the temple.

There is a cave in the vicinity of the temple. Local people believe that Pandavas hid hear after the house of lack was burned down.