Lakhamandal is often associated with Mahabharata. At this place, Duryodhan tried to kill Pandavas by burning them in a palace made of Shellac (Lakshagrah). Pandavas, however, were able to survive by fleeing through a cave. There is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva at Lakhamandal. You can see many Shivlingas lying outside temple premises. Temple site is filled with remains of many ancient sculpture and idols. Standing outside the temple you can see the idols of two doormen standing in front of a big Shivlinga. It is believed that in ancient days any deceased person could be brought back to life for a few moments If his dead body was placed between these doormen. The dead person brought back to life takes the name of Ram and attains Nirvana.
At a few minutes walk from the temple you will find famous graphite Shivalinga. When water is poured on this Shivalinga, it shines like a mirror. You can see your reflection on this Shivalinga. The priests and people of this area make this place distinct from other religious places. People here live with a relaxed pace of life. They are always ready to offer their help. Boys from the local village will accompany you and will narrate many interesting stories about the place. The priest here do not force you for any charity or donation and will offer their service with full devotion. Sitting in the divine surroundings of this place I chatted for with the priest for several minutes. He told me about the history of this region and told me how polygamy and polyandry were practised in this region in ancient times. After spending nearly an hour at this holy site, I was ready to depart. While coming back I also visited ancient Pandavas cave. It is a popular belief believed that Pandavas used this cave to flee from Lakshagrah.
My Experience: It was an immersing experience to visit Lakhamandal. The site is full of history, legends and architecture. However, what impressed me most was the simplicity of people. Completely subdued by their simplicity and hospitality I was driving back to Dehradun with a promise to return back and visit the place with my family.
PS: You can cover Lakhamandal while your way to Yamunotri. It is hardly a 20 minute drive from main highway. After visiting this place and experiencing the culture of Jaunsar region of Dehradun you can easily make it to Jankichatti (Base for Yamunotri trek).
Keep travelling, Keep exploring.