Bijli Mahadev Temple is located around 10 km away from the Kullu town. It is situated at an elevation of 2460 meters above sea level and offers panoramic views of Kullu and Parvati valleys. The Hindu month of Shravan (holy month for worshipping Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu) is the best time to visit this temple.
Architecture of Bijli Mahadev Temple
Bijli Mahadev Temple represents the pahari style of architecture typical of temples in the Kullu Valley. The entrance door frames have intricate wood carvings and there is also a stone statue of Nandi (Lord Shiva's bull). For darshan (worship), you need to enter the temple sanctum that houses the lingam.
According to popular beliefs, a 60-foot long shaft on the temple top attracts atmospheric lightning and destroys the lingam at regular intervals. It is believed that divine power saves the world from destruction by absorbing the lightning. This lingam is put together using butter as an adhesive.
Legends of Bijli Mahadev Temple
Legends about this temple states, Rishi Vashista prayed to Lord Rudra to absorb lightning and save humanity from probable destruction. Lord Rudra granted his wish. A temple was later constructed on the site where this event took place and named as Bijleshwar Mahadev.
How to Reach Bijli Mahadev Temple
Bhuntar Airport is the nearest for those who wish to reach Kullu by air. Jogindernagar is the closest railhead. Buses from Kullu ply uptil the Chansari village. The trekking pathway begins from here and you need to trek at least 3 km on foot to reach the shrine. This route has beautiful pine trees flanked on both sides of the road, making your pilgrimage to Bijli Mahadev Temple pleasurable.