- Key Points: Bijli Mahadev Trek, Kashawri village, kullu valley.
- State: Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India.
- Duration: 2 Nights 1 Day.
- Altitude: 2,460m ( 8,070 feet ).
- Trek Distance: Approximately 3-4 kms.
- Summer temperature: (15°C to 25°C)
- Winter temperature: (-3°C to 1°C)
- Best Time To Visit: All Year Round.
- Trek Level: Easy.
- How to Reach: Take a bus from New Delhi/Chandigarh to Bhuntar Bus stand then take a local bus to the Kullu bus stand then take a bus/taxi to Bijli Mahadev trek starting point.
- Budget: Under 5000₹ per person.
- Weather: In winter, Snow covers the peaks and in the summers you can experience a cool breeze.
Bijli Mahadev Trek is located in the Kullu Valley of India at an altitude of about 2,460 meters. This temple dedicates itself to Lord Shiva. This unique Mahadev temple is located in Kashawari village near the confluence of river Vyas and Parvati. According to legend, lighting struck the Shivling and broke it but when the Pandit ji of the temple joints the Shivling with Milk butter. The Shivling again comes back into its old form. Local people here say that due to lightning, there is a lot of damage to life and property but Lord Shiva, protecting his bhaktas, bears the lightning strike on himself.
The story of Bijli Mahadev Temple
According to Hindu mythology, a demon named Kulant made this place his abode in ancient times. He took the form of a huge snake and came from Lahaul-Spiti to Mathan village via Mandi Goghardhar.
The snake-like demon stopped the flow of river Vyas to submerge this place in water so that the residents there would die by drowning in the water. Knowing this intention of the demon Kulant, Lord Shiva killed that demon with his Trishul.
A huge mountain formed from the giant body of the Kulant demon soon after his death. According to legend, Kulant Rakshasa gave the place its name. After this Lord Shiva ordered Indra dev to strike lightning at this place once in every 12 years. Since then the cycle of lightning continues here.
People here see thunder striking the temple. The Shivling shatters, but the pandit ji is able to restore it to its original form by joining it with butter.
Lightning will damage the entire village including the temple, but still Shiv ji protects the entire village. The Bijli Mahadev temple earned its name because people can only witness Lord Shiva’s view once every 12 years.
Things to keep in mind while traveling:
- Do not roam alone at night. it’s not safe.
- Respect Pahari culture and don’t argue/fight with people around you.
- Do not litter in mountains.
- Save mountains, Save Nature.
- Don’t do trekking with drugs.
- Always carry a medical box, torch light, trekking stick, tracking shoes, warm clothes and a water bottle with you.
- Always walk carefully, Do not trek in bad weather.
Q1: How to reach Bijli Mahadev Trek ?
Take a bus from New Delhi/Chandigarh to Bhuntar Bus stand then take a local bus to the Kullu bus stand then take a bus/taxi to Bijli Mahadev trek starting point.
Q2: Where is Bijli Mahadev Temple?
Bijli Mahadev Temple is located in the Kullu Valley of India at an altitude of about 8,070ft. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Q3: Is trek to Bijli Mahadev temple is difficult?
No, The trek level is easy and best for beginners. The trek starts from Kashawri Village and this trek is approximately 3-4 kilometers long.
Q4: Where to stay at Bijli Mahadev Trek ?
Yes, there are some accommodation options available near the Bijli Mahadev Trek, ranging from homestays to camping . However, it is advisable to book in advance, especially during the peak season, to ensure availability. Booking Link is mentioned in this blog. Please check below.
Q5: Can I do Bijli Mahadev Trek in winters ?
Yes, you can do trekking in winters but try to avoid trekking during the monsoon season when the trail becomes slippery and closed due to landslides.
Q6: Bijli Mahadev trek best time ?
All Year Round except rainy season.
By clicking on the below link, you can book a room in the hotel/resort according to your choice
Cafe’s Near by Bijli Mahadev Temple
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