Bijli-Mahadev Temple is a “Kash” style temple that has a “Shiva-Lingam”. This Temple is arranged in a glade with rich green woodlands in the environment, 14 KM from Kullu.
This place got its name after the immense marvel that happens at times. The ‘Shiva-Lingam’ is struck by helping and it breaks into pieces, then the Pujari of the temple gathers every one of the pieces and consolidates them with the assistance of margarine going about as a glue.
Amid “Shivaratri” consistently, incredible surge of aficionados assemble here to pay reverence to Lord-Shiva.
Bijli Mahadev, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located across the river Beas, at some ten kilometers distance from Kullu.
It is adorned with a staff that is sixty feet high and is visible from near by Kullu and Parvati valleys also. This sparkling temple has excellent view from near by mountains.
Bijli Mahadev temple is called the ‘Temple of Lightening’ as it is believed that its staff attracts divine blessings, in the form of lightening, from presiding deity Lord Shiva.
According to a legend, Maharishi Vashishta prayed to Lord Rudra to absorb the excessive electric current within himself.
Lord Rudra acceded to his request and absorbed the electricity current, saving humankind. The incident is believed to have taken place at the confluence of Parvati and Beas rivers.
Later, a temple was erected at the sight, in commemoration of the event. A stone phallus was enshrined inside the temple and named as Bijleshwar Mahadev or Bijli Mahadev.
In another anecdote, after every 2 years, there is a frightful lightning and the ‘lingam’ gets reduced to pieces. It is believed that Lord Shiva absorbs the energy discharged from the atmosphere and saves the world.
After the incident, the temple priest collects all those pieces and puts them into satto and butter. The image is restored to its original oneness until another similar flash repeats the miracle and in this way, the cycle goes on.
The work of resetting the ‘lingam’ is carried out in secrecy by the temple pujaris and the temple employees. The doorframes of Bijli Mahadev Temple have delicate and superb carvings.
Two Nandis or bulls face the temple door. The big wooden pole of deodar, on the ground of the temple, is believed to receive the first brunt of the electric shock.
Thousands of travelers gather at this place every year, for a fair held in the month of ‘Shravan’
It is situated at a height of around 2,438 m in the Kullu Valley, Bijli Mahadev is one of the magnificent Temples in India.
Found 14 km from Kullu, it can be drawn closer by a troublesome yet compensating trek of 3 km. An all encompassing perspective of Kullu and Paravati valleys can be seen from the temple.
The 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple sparkles like a silver needle in the sun. In this temple of lightning it is said that the tall staff pulls in the perfect endowments through lightning.
It is trusted that the minister of the temple needs to reestablish the Shiva-lingam set inside the temple utilizing spread and sattoo after each lightning as it breakes to pieces with glimmer of lightning.
How to reach Bijli Mahadev Kullu Himachal Pradesh
One can reach Kullu first and then get a bus from the bus stand for Bijli Mahadev which goes up to the nearby ‘Chansari’ village. Otherwise one can book a private cab from the Kullu taxi stand near bus stand and go.
One has to climb stairs from ‘Chansari’, the distance being about 3 km uphill. The road is now extended to more than 5 km which lessen the stairs climbing to one half. By personal vehicle or the booked vehicle one can now approach to village ‘Halleni’.
If you are in good health, you can even trek all the way from Kullu to Bijli Mahadev. The trek is beautiful with jungles, orchids and small villages on the way. By the time you reach the top, your lungs will definitely ask you for rest but you will find it irresistible to admire the beauty that you see.
You get to see a panoramic view of Parvati and Kullu valley from this peak. When you turn around, there are no higher peaks to block your view in the close proximity.
Carry your own camping equipment if you plan to stay there for more than one day. There are a few locals running the shops but you need to arrange for your accommodation.
Approximate Distances from:
Kullu-Manali Airport at Bhuntar: 30 km by + 3 km trek on foot