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Bhadraaj Temple and Forest

After the fierce war of the Mahabharata, Balram, the elder brother of lord Krishna and the physical fitness trainer of both the Kauravas and the Pandavas, is believed to have ventured towards the site where BhadraajDevta temple is located. Balram, or Bhadraaj as locally called, is the prime deity of the entire region that encircles Jaunpur-Jaunsaar belt which also includes Mussoorie. The ancient temple with disfigured stone idols is situated on a secluded meadow top, some 8 km westwards from the town of Mussoorie. The Bhadraajtemple marks the border of the Mussoorie jurisdiction where an annual two day fair is held during 16th and 17th of August. Since BhadrajDevta was a cattle herder himself, the locals believe that his blessings are responsible for their flourishing cattle wealth hence the villagers and all the pilgrims bathe the idol with milk. A stone outside the temple bear formal inscriptions in English and Arabic which suggests about the early visitors to the place. The dirt track to Bhadraaj temple goes through scenic villages, vast fields and thick forest of oakand rhododendron which inhabits a healthy population of leopards, Himalayan black bear, barking deer, pine martens, flying squirrel, rabbits, pheasants and wild rodents.