Bijli Mahadev is one of the most iconic Hindu temples in the state of Himachal Pradesh India. The temple is in the thick cedar forests with lush green meadows. The Shiva Linga temple consists of Kash style architecture and is one of the most incredible and beautiful places in the entire Kullu and Manali circuit. The panoramic views of the valleys make it the most happening place to visit when exploring the area.
Bijli Mahadev Facts-
- The temple got its name from a great miracle that happens occasionally. Bijli Mahadev means, Shiva, the God of Thunder.
- The Shiva-ling shatters into pieces by the lightening.
- The shattering of the Shiva-ling is auspicious.
- The priest of the temple collects the broken pieces of the Shiva-Ling and joins them with butter and sattoo.
- The sixty feet (60 feet) high mast which shines like a silver needle in the sky attracts the lightening.
- According to the mythological sayings, the 60 feet high staff invites divine blessings in the form of lightening.
- Every year the temple of Bijli Mahadev hosts thousands of devotees on the eve of Shivaratri.
Geography and location of Bijli Mahadev-
It is at an altitude of 2400 meters in the Kullu valley. The panoramic view of then Kullu and Parvati valley with the snow-capped Himalayas in the backdrop is outstanding and beautiful beyond description. The location of Bijli Mahadev and its terrain is quite difficult for people with breathing problems. The Temple is 22 kilometers from the main Kullu city. The distance from Manali is about 35 Kilometers.
There are regular buses from Kullu, Manali and Bhuntar to Chansari village, near Bijli Mahadev. Then from there, it is an uphill trek of three kilometres from the forests to reach the beautiful temple on the top of the mountain. The option of private cabs from the city is also available, but the 3-kilometre trek is compulsory. The trek is the most exciting and exhilarating part of the whole journey with scenic views, lush green meadows, orchids, vineyards, lush forest trail and pleasant weather all in the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas. The description is enough to make the imagine the beautiful view.
Author’s personal account on Bijli Mahadev-
My trip to Bijli Mahadev was via Naggar, so was a lot more hectic and involved a lot more site spotting and photography. The roads were bad, and I covered my journey in a 4×4 SUV. The scenic beauty and the sightseeing done travelling towards the temple was one of the best in my lifetime. The tiny towns and villages and the panoramic views of the valleys mesmerised the soul and beauty of the temple, and its surroundings have no description in words. The temple only has a quiet and soothing experience, and everyone should get that experience to calm down their troubled souls.