BIJLI MAHADEV TEMPLE

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Location: Sultanpur, Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Presiding Deity: Lord Shiva
Unique Feature: 60-Foot High Staff On Top Of the Temple
Altitude: 2,438m

Situated at an altitude of 2,438 metres one can reach this temple by a tough but rewarding climb through a 6-km long trek. From the temple site, a panoramic view of Kullu and Parvati valleys is available. A sixty-foot high staff of Bijli Mahadev Temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun, this is a visible even from Kullu .

THE LEGEND OF BILJI MAHADEV
The Rig-Veda has a prayer of Maharishi Vashishta to Lord Rudra to absorb the excessive electric current within himself. It is said Lord Rudra acceded and absorbed the excessive electricity current and saved mankind. According to legend this episode took place at the 'Sangam' of Parvati and Beas rivers. This is one of the very popular stories in the mythological background of Beas basin, in Himachal Pradesh . As expected the devotees had set up a temple and the 'linga' in it, is named Bijleshwar Mahadev or Bijli Mahadev.

There is a popular story too. After about 12 years regularly there is a frightful lightning and the 'linga' is reduced to pieces. It is said that Lord Shiva absorbs the energy discharged from the atmosphere and saves the world. The temple pujaris or priests collect pure cow's butter and the broken pieces of 'linga' are put in the butter, which works as an adhesive, and the 'linga' is reset. The work of resetting the 'linga' is carried out in secrecy by the pujaris and the Kardars or employees of the temple.

Two Nandis or bulls face the door of the temple. The big wooden pole of deodar on the ground of the temple is said to receive the first brunt of the electric shock. The doorframes have a delicate and superb carving. The fair held in the month of 'Sravan' at this place attracts thousands of people.

HOW TO GET THERE

Tapu cross bridge over Beas river from Akhara Bazar, take local bus up to Trambali get down at Kinza, almost mid-way to the temple-trek 6-km in thick jungles to reach Bijli Mahadev.



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