Bijli Mahadev Temple

Top choice hindu temple in Kullu

There are several important temples in Kullu's surrounding hills. The Shaivite Bijli Mahadev, a 20km uphill drive southeast to Chansari followed by a 2.5km uphill hike, commands spectacular panoramas over the Kullu and Parvati Valleys from its 2460m hilltop location. Beside the temple stands a 20m wooden pole, which attracts occasional divine blessings in the form of lightning: the surge of power shatters the stone Shiva lingam inside the temple, which is then glued back together with butter.

Bijli Mahadev attracts crowds of pilgrims during the Shaivite Sawan Kamaina festival from mid-July to mid-August. A few daily buses from Kullu bus station run as far as Chansari (₹28, 1¼ hours). A taxi from Kullu to Chansari costs ₹1300 round trip.