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Bijli Mahadev Temple in Kullu

Located along the banks of Beas river, the Bijli Mahadev temple is one of the most prominent religious sites in Kullu. As its name goes, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Mahadev) and is also renowned as the ‘Temple of Lightning’. History of this significant temple in Kullu narrates an intriguing story. Legends has it that Lord Rudra, a form of Lord Shiva absorbed the excessive electric current from the atmosphere in order to save mankind. This happened at the confluence of Parvati and Beas river and to commemorate this event, a temple was erected on the very spot. This explains the naming of it as Bijli(Lightning) Mahadev Temple.

To the delight of visitors, the Bijli Mahadev temple in Kullu boasts of delicate and superb carvings on its door frame. Right at the exquisite temple door, one can fancy the twin bulls or ‘Nandis’, as the Hindus would like to call them. Owing to popular beliefs about this religious site, thousands visit the Bijili Mahadev temple and also to attend a yearly fair held in its premises.  

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