Holy Places In India - Bijli Mahadev Temple

Bijli Mahadev Temple is situated on a hill in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2460 meters across the Beas River which is one of the ancient and sacred temples in India. Bijli Mahadev Temple is a major temple of Kullu which is built in 'Kash' style. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is very popular for trekking. Surrounded by valleys and mysteries surrounded by Kullu, Parbati, Garsa and Bhuntar valleys, this temple is situated atop the hill. There is a small village under the hill and is named after Bijli Mahadev. Bijli Mahadev Temple got its name after the miracle that happened here.


Local people here say that every 12 years, lightning falls on the Shiva lingam kept inside this temple and this lingam breaks into many pieces. After this, the temple priest Shivalinga is added with the help of butter and this Shivlinga comes back to its old form after some time. Power has to reach Mahadev by trek through a 3 km long path covered with pine trees. People who are religious and adventurous lovers usually like trekking from Kullu to the temple, enjoying the pleasant weather.


Different sources have different beliefs about why this Shiva linga breaks down. The local people believe that the lightning strikes are a blessing of God and they want to protect the residents from all kinds of evil. Whereas, others believe that electricity itself is the form of a deity with supernatural powers. The origin and actual story of the Bijli Mahadev temple is still not known, but due to various beliefs, it is among the most worshiped temples in India.


The months from March to September are the best time to visit the Bijli Mahadev Temple due to the pleasant weather. In winter, Kullu is covered with snow and there is frequent rainfall during this time. It is advisable to visit the temple during Mahashivaratri as the festival is held in the temple during this time and is beautifully decorated.


TOURIST PLACES NEAR BIJLI MAHADEV TEMPLE

VAISHNO DEVI


Vaishno Devi Temple is a major temple of Kullu which will give you a great experience of visiting Mini Vaishno Devi. While this temple is known as Mahadevi Tirtha, Vaishno Devi Temple at Kullu is situated on the banks of river Beas and about 2 km from Kul on the way to Manali. The temple gives spectacular views on its way with huge forests, apple orchards and majestic hills. With an atmosphere of peace, Vaishno Devi temple has become one of the most visited temples in religious places in Kullu. There is also a temple of Lord Shiva in this temple complex for pilgrims.


HONOGI MATA TEMPLE


Hanogi Mata Temple is one of the famous religious centers of Kullu. This temple is a small temple situated atop a small hill. Like any other holy temple in Kullu Manali region, the Hanogi Mata Temple is very special in itself. Dedicated to the Hindu goddess Mata Hanogi, this temple is a sacred shrine with a running stream, gorges from the hills. Apart from religious tourists, this temple also attracts people who like adventure, here is an ideal place for a climbing adventure with sunset view.


MANIKARAN SAHIB GURUDWARA


Manikaran is a major pilgrimage center for both Sikhs and Hindus, located in the Parvati valley on the banks of the Parvati river in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Its hot springs, religious trends and beautiful environment attract many tourists. Manikaran Sahib is a famous Gurudwara and pilgrimage place for Sikhs. It is related to the first Guru of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. Apart from this Gurudwara, there are hot water springs here.



HOW TO REACH
Electricity has to go from Kullu to reach Mahadev. People residing in Kullu usually visit the temple through Chansari village which is about 24 km from Kullu. After reaching the village one has to climb the stairs from the village entrance, which is about 3 km from the temple and devotees can reach the temple by climbing about 1000 stairs. It takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach the temple from the entrance. Stairs lead people directly to the temple, so it is very easy to go this route.

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