Magical Shiv Ling, Trek to Bijli Mahadev – photojourney by Animesh Sharma

 

Bijli Mahadev

Bijli Mahadev is one of the sacred temples of the indian state of himachal pradesh. It is located at an altitude of about 2,460m in the kullu Valley. Bijli Mahadev is one of the excellent temples in India. Located 22 km from Kullu across the Beas river, it can be approached by a rewarding trek of 3 km.
A panoramic view of kullu and parvati valleys can be seen from the temple. The 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun.

 

In this temple of lightning, it is said that the tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightning. It is believed that the priest of the temple has to restore the Shiva linga placed inside the temple using butter and sattoo after every lightning as it shatters to pieces with flash of lightning.

There is a 12 km long motorable road that trekkers can take; but the real charm of the trek lies in the interior of Kais Wildlife Sanctuary, if you take the trail from Bijli Mahadev to Naggar. 

The sylvan surroundings of the quiet valley are mesmerizing, with a wide array of deodar and pine forests. This is complimented by the beautiful apple, pomegranate and pear orchards of Jana Village. The trek becomes more interesting with overnight camping inside a forested ridge at Matikochar. As you exit the valley and reach Naggar, you’ll learn that it’s a wonderfully satisfying weekend trek
The trek can be started from Kullu or Naggar town. One can take an overnight bus from Delhi to reach Kullu, which takes 12 hours. Local buses and shared Jeeps can be taken from Kullu bus stand till Chansari Village, which is 12 km ahead. From Chansari, there is a 3-km-long well-defined trail maintained by Forest department till Bijli Mahadev.
The trek is a steep ascent of over 2,500 feet via forest trails that pass a couple of villages. After over 45 minutes of hiking, the villages and apple orchards are left behind and one can see the beginning of grasslands and catch a partial glimpse of the temple top. Another climb of 300 feet and one enters the meadows of Bijli Mahadev.
The trek to the top of the hill can be completed in about 2-3 hours. From the hill top, one gets great view of Kullu valley and the confluence of Beas and Parvati rivers. The views of Dhauladhar and Pir Pinjal ranges are also impressive.In summer and monsoon season, the whole region is bustling with greenery. In the winter months, the hill-top receives heavy snow-fall.
One can choose to explore the area and head back to Kullu or trek ahead to Naggar. The trek from here to Naggar is another 18 kilometres. There is a dirt trail maintained by the forest department, but is in bad shape. But the dense forest of Kais Wildlife reserve makes for a riveting trek.
The trek from Bijli Mahadev to the camp site at Matikochar is a level walk over forested ridge. It stretches 5 kilometres. It takes another 3-4 hours to reach Matikochar. There is a Forest Guest house at this camping spot as well. One gets a great view of Kullu Valley below from the camp site. 
The temple is indigenously built of wood and stone, a form of typical hill architecture with sloping roofs made of wooden planks. Inside the sanctum is a 1.5-feet tall Shiva Linga. Outside the temple are two imposing stone statues of Nandi. It is believed the temple was established by Shankaracharya to revive Hinduism.
It is said that the 60-ft-tall tall staff in this temple attracts divine blessings in the form of lightning. It is believed that the priest of the temple has to restore the Shiva linga placed inside the temple using butter and sattoo after every lightning episode, as it shatters to pieces each time. In that sense, the temple is said to be a defender of the valley, as it bears the brunt of every thunderstorm.
As you exit the valley and reach Naggar, you’ll learn that it’s a wonderfully satisfying weekend trek.
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