Situated on the higher terrains of Uttarakhand – 71 kms before Yamunotri and 75 kms from Mussoorie – is a place called Lakhamandal. Known for an ancient Shiva temple, the place has a connection with the Mahabharata.
The story is that the vile Duryodhana orders the construction of a palace of wax for his cousins, the Pandavas. His plan was to get the Pandavas and their mother Kunti killed in a way that no one would suspect foul play. Unbeknownst to him, the Pandavas were warned of the plot and they managed to escape when the palace was set on fire.
A board at Lakhamandal telling the story of how the place got its name. SUNO
Though there are other places associated with the Lakshagraha event, Lakhamandal is the only place with a typical geographic feature – the cave – described in the Mahabharata. Yet like most historical places in India, this cave, too, is very ill-maintained.