About the Temple
Bijli-Mahadev temple is situated amidst lush green forests of Kullu valley. This temple has acquired its name because of occasional miracle where the ‘Shiva-Lingam' struck by lightening and it breaks into pieces. The priest of the temple collects all the pieces and puts them together with the help of Butter and Sattoo (A mixture of ground pulses and cereals) that acts as an adhesive. This incidence occurs occasionally. The temple offers a panoramic view of Kullu valley and Paravati valleys. The 60 ft tall flagpole of Bijli Mahadev temple shines like a silver. It is said that this tall pole attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightening.
Temple History and Temple Legend
Bijli Mahadev temple is renowned for its 60 ft tall flagpole that sparkle like a silver while basking in the sunlight. The flagpole can be seen even from Kullu. With every flash of lightening, the Shiva linga is shattered to pieces. The temple priest joins these pieces with Butter and Sattoo. The image is restored to its original form until another similar flash repeats the miracle. It is due to this miracle that the temple has been named Bijli (lightening) Mahadev.
Another legend associated with this shrine narrates that sage Vashishth performed penance at this place and requested Lord Shiva to absorb the energy occurred due to lightening in order to save the earth. To mark this incident a temple was constructed here and a stone phallus was enshrined inside the temple. It was named Bijli Mahadev, also known as 'Temple of Lightening'.
Bijli Mahadev temple is built according to the Pahari style of temple architecture which was prevalent during 8th century to 13th century. Hence, it is believed that this shrine was probably constructed during that period. A carved image of the Nandi bull can be seen at the main entrance of the temple. The door frames of the temple are adorned with delicate and splendid carvings. Two Nandi can be seen facing towards the temple door. The big wooden pole of deodar on the ground of the temple is believed to receive the first brunt of the electric shock. The temple doors are also brilliantly carved with sculptures that are worth watching.
Festivals and Celebrations
Sacred ceremonies and special puja are performed at the temple on the occasion of Maha Shivratri. The festivals of Navratri and Deepavali are also celebrated joyously in this temple. During the month of Shravana, devotees offer prayer to their forefathers at Bijli Mahadev temple. Every year, a fair is organised in the month of Shravana.
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Kullu airport (6 km).
By Rail: The nearest railway head is Ahju station(43 km).
By Road: Buses and private vehicles are available from all the major towns of Himachal Pradesh to reach the temple.