Bijli Mahadev is located near Kullu (head quarters of Kullu district) in Himachal Pradesh state of India. This is a hill station located at a height of 7500ft. The name of the hill where Bijli Mahadev temple is situated is called Mathan and is surrounded by Parbati, Garsa, Bhunter and Kullu valleys. There is a Shiva temple on top of the hill. There is a small village just down below the temple and the name of the village is also called Bijli Mahadev. People in this village take care of the maintenance aspects of the temple.
Importance of Bijli Mahadev
This place is full of mystery and miracles. The name comes from the fact that, the lightening (Bijli) strikes the Shiva linga inside the temple and breaks into pieces. The Shiva ling (Mahadev) will be joined together and installed in a special occasion using a locally made adhesive. One can witness the charred part (especially on the walls) inside the temple which is due to the flames resulted during lightning. Devotees can give offerings in the Hundi only kept inside the temple. Some puja articles are available inside the temple without any additional cost. Photography is not restricted anywhere in the place.
Opposite to the temple there are small stone statues situated and one can perform pooja there too. A 20mtr tall pole is installed which has got some interesting story. The pole is made of Deodar tree in a nearby forest area. Once in a while during special occasions the pole will be replaced by another one made from the tallest Deodar tree found in the forest. The local villagers and people from surrounding places come together to replace the pole and is a festival celebration for all of them. The tree is carved in the square shape and fixed firm in the place. People feel that this is an opportunity for getting blessing from Lord Shiva and consider this activity as serving God.
The place is too scenic due to the location of the temple which is at the top most end of the Mathan hill. There are mobile towers beside the temple (downside) towards Parvati valley. BSNL and Airtel connections were working very well (as on May 2010). A newly constructed building is meant for accommodation (rest rooms) for the visitors just beside the temple. There is no fixed price (rate not available) for the accommodation. 10 people can stay at a time in the building. Free Tea is served for all the visitors.
How to reach Bijli Mahadev
To go to Bijli Mahadev, one has to reach Kullu (district head quarters) first from Delhi or other places. Then, come to Ramshilla from Kullu which is very nearby (approx. 1Kms) and cross the bridge which is for crossing Beas river to go towards Bhunter or Manikaran. Just after crossing the bridge, ask any local person to travel towards Bijli Mahadev hill. The road is towards Bhuntar and one has to take left side road (instead of going straight which goes towards Bhuntar) to climb the hill. From Ramshilla motorable road is available till parking place which is 20Kms after Chansari village. From Chansari village parking place is 5Kms. Parking fee has to be given. From this place 3-4 Kms trekking to be done to reach Bijli Mahadev. Trekking duration is 2-3 hrs with 3-4 rest points. Himachal transportation buses available at Kullu bus station to reach Bijli Mahadev (upto Chansari or parking place before trekking place).
Small shops are available for cool drinks and refreshments during trekking. Initial walking is through a rough climbing and later good steps with normal height and plane areas are constructed. After climbing the steps, a plane area is available where localities have set up some private canteens. Good Chinese food, Momo is available here. There is a tank nearby which is the water source for the temple area.
People who cannot trek, there is one more motorable road to reach Bijli Mahadev from Naggar side via Jana Waterfall. One has to reach Naggar from Kullu or Manali. From this route, people will reach the temple directly. Motor cycles preferred for transportation in this route but small motor vehicles too can travel safely.
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