Duryodhan, the character of Mahabharat who never gave importance to social responsibilities and morality in the face of his ego, stubbornness and selfishness. By directly ignoring the advice of Shri Hari, caused the destruction of the Kaurav dynasty. Whenever there is a discussion of Mahabharat, characters like Duryodhan, Dushasan and Shakuni are looked at with hatred. But you will be surprised to know that there is such a place in Bharat where there is a Mandir of Duryodhan. Not only this, there is a Mandir of Karn as well who was the best friend of Duryodhan. The Mandirs of Duryodhan and Karn are located in the Uttarkashi district of Devbhoomi Uttarakhand.
The roots of the history of both Mandirs are in the Mahabharat period itself:
About 12 kilometers (km) away from a place called Netwar in Uttarkashi district, Saur village is located on ‘Har Ki Doon’ road where Duryodhan Mandir is located. The Mandir of eldest Kunti son, Karn is in about one and a half miles from Saur village, in Sarnaul. In the Mahabharat period, when the war between the Kaurav and the Pandav was sure, then Bhubruvahan, the king of Paatal, had a desire to take part in this war. More than that, he was a great admirer of Karn and Duryodhan. Bhagwan Krishn stopped him from being a part of this war. Bhubruvahan did not take part in the war but witnessed it. Saur and Sarnaul villages are considered to be part of Bhubruvahan’s land, so after the death of Duryodhan and Karn, the Mandirs of both of them were built here.
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Another example of acceptance in Sanatan Hindu Dharma:
Duryodhan and Karn were two such characters of Mahabharat who decided to follow the path of adharm. In such a situation, it is possible that many people may find their aarti and worship in the Mandir inappropriate. But it should never be considered inappropriate. This is because the Mandirs of both were built due to the ancient traditions of the local villagers. Their worship and faith are a part of the eternal beliefs of these villagers. This is the specialty of Sanatan Hindu Dharm that there is always the possibility of acceptance here.
Whether you are a theist or an atheist, worship Bhagwan in Sagun form or in Nirgun form, whether you are a follower of the Shakti sect or a Shaiv-Vaishnav, but Sanatan will accept you as you follow its principles. Examples of this acceptance are the Mandirs of Duryodhan and Karn. The biggest thing is that in both the villages these characters of Mahabharat are worshiped as ‘Kshetrapal’.
How to reach Mandir:
Netwar can be reached from Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, via Barkot or Chakrata. While the distance from Dehradun to Chakrata is 87 km, Barkot is about 116 km from the capital headquarters. The nearest important place of both the Mandirs is Netwar which is located in Mori block of Uttarkashi district. The distance between Dehradun and Uttarkashi is about 130 km. Dehradun, being the state capital, is well connected to various parts of Bharat through various modes of transport. After reaching Dehradun, the Mandirs of Duryodhan and Karn can be easily reached with the help of state transport buses or private vehicles.