Bijli Mahadev Temple
Pilgrimage | Adventure / Trekking
At a distance of 26 km from Kullu, and 60 km from Manali, Bijli Mahadev is a Hindu temple situated at Chansari village near Kullu. It is one of the sacred temples in Himachal, and among the top religious places to visit in Kullu.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Bijli Mahadev temple is situated on Mathan Hill at an altitude of about 2,460 m and is surrounded by Parvati, Garsa, Bhuntar, and Kullu hills. The temple is renowned for its 60 feet high flagpole that sparkles like a silver needle in the sunlight. This high structure draws divine blessings in the form of lightening and it is said that with every flash of lightening, the Shiva Linga is shattered to pieces. The broken pieces of the Shiva Linga were bound together by the temple priest using butter and Sattoo (a paste of roasted gram and wheat powder). This activity repeats itself once every year. It is due to this legend that the temple is named Bijli (lightening) Mahadev.
The Temple was built in Pahari style. There is an impressively carved image of Nandi at the entrance of Bijli Mahadev temple. The temple doors are also beautifully carved with sculptures. Some puja articles are available inside the temple without any additional cost. The surroundings of the temple are quite scenic as the temple is situated on top of the Mathan hill. The site offers a panoramic view of the Kullu and Parvati valleys below.
This temple has to be reached by 3 km trekking from Chansari village. Trekking duration is about one hour one way with 3-4 rest points. Trek to Bijli Mahadev is one of the best short treks in Himachal, and among the must experience things to do as part of Kullu holiday packages. Small shops are available selling refreshments on trekking path. Chansari village can be reached from Kullu by bus or taxi.
During the new moon day of Shravana month, devotees offer prayer to their forefathers at the Bijli Mahadev temple. A fair is also organized every year during this time which is quite popular with the pilgrims.
Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM