Bijli Mahadev Temple is one of the holy places dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the popular Indian deities. It stands up the hill at altitude of almost 2500 meter in Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, not far from Kullu, the capital of the district.
The story of Bhilji Mahadev Temple is very interesting. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and as usual for places of worship dedicated to him there is Shiva Lingam standing inside of the temple. It is told that when lightening comes during a storm it hits Shiva Lingam that falls into the pieces. So every time this happens, priests have to mend Shiva Lingam together using butter as glue. There is tall staff standing by the temple that is said to attract the lightening which is a form of sacred blessing. Staff can be seen from the distance as its metal construction brightens to the surrounding.
Important festival in this temple is Shivaratri. During Shivaratri many devotees come to Bijli Mahadev Temple to pay blessings and greet the Lord Shiva.
Building of the temple is well maintained and reconstructed. It is quite small, but has its special mystical atmosphere. Beside the temple there is also a building where visitors can crash if they want to spend more time at this magical spot. Temple is very charming of interesting architecture, bright white color and colorful decorations. It is very peaceful and visitors admire especially its tranquility and relaxing ambiance as small lovely building is nestled atop of the hill surrounded by green meadow and panoramic views.
How to get to Bijli Mahadev Temple
Those who decide to visit Bhijli Mahadev Temple have to get firstly to Kullu. Kullu is well connected to Delhi or Chandigarh by busses or cabs, or it is possible to take a plane to the closest airport which stands in Bhuntar Town. Airport is generally known as Kullu – Manali airport. From Manali, popular hill station of Himachal Pradesh, one can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Kullu. From Kullu there are busses running to Bijli Mahadev close to Chansari Village and there are also many cabs possible to hire. When you get dropped off at Chansari stand you will have to take a climb up the stairs for another 3 km. Although road got some extension recently so it is possible to get by car to Halleni Village to shorten the hike.
For those who love nature and walking there is suitable direct trail from Kullu to Bijli Mahadev Temple. The whole way is around 20 km long and offers views of forests, villages and mountains.
On the way up to the temple from parking lot there are small shops and stalls where you can get something refreshing; a drink or some snacks and take a rest while climbing up.
If you want to reach temple directly then you will have to come from Naggar via Jana Waterfall, but choose only small vehicle if you decide to try this route.
Once you reach the top of the hill you can enjoy magnificent views overlooking the valley.