I was at work and my phone beeped. My friend who belongs to Naggar, had sent a beautiful picture of a place surrounded with towering mountains and carpeted with lush greenery. The image looked magical.
I called him immediately, “Which place?”.
“Bijli Mahadev”, he said.
“I want to visit this place.” I said.
“Take a bus and come, I will take you here.” He replied.
“Coming weekend my friend, I will see you at Naggar.” I replied.
And there I was along with my cousin waiting at Kashmere Gate ISBT to board my bus.
Bijli Mahadev is a small trek from Kullu but since a road has been constructed now, we had to trek only for 3kms to reach this place. We parked our vehicle at Chansari village and started the trek from there. All excited we started the climb. The morning breeze, the chirping of birds took me to a different world. The sun rays made me feel warm and the views of the mountains were magical.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Bijli Mahadev Temple is situated atop Mathan Hills and is surrounded by Parvati, Bhuntar, Garsa and Kullu hills. This temple has a Lingam enshrined and this is the most interesting feature of the temple. The temple also has a 60 feet high flagpole shaft. As per a popular belief, every year the lightning strikes the shaft and Shiva lingam is shattered into several pieces (which symbolises that Lord Shiva absorbs the dangers and the sufferings upon himself and keep the people safe). This lingam is later restored by the priest of the temple using butter and satto as adhesives. Owing to this remarkable fact the temple gets its name as Bijli Mahadev.
The temple is built in Pahari style with intricate carvings on the walls. The temple doors are also beautifully carved with sculptures. Situated at an elevation of 2450m, the surroundings of the temple are very scenic, and the view of the Parvati and Kullu Valley are breath-taking.
Trekking duration from Chansari to Bijli Mahadev is about one hour. One can find small shops on the way selling refreshments.
Every time I visit this place, I feel the same peace and happiness that I felt when I visited for the first time. I can never thank my friend enough for taking me to a place which made my heart skip a beat.
My only request is while exploring the remote areas, always keep in mind the responsibilities we have towards nature. Keep the area clean, be responsible citizens so that the charm of the place is maintained for the years to come.
Har Har Mahadev !
Wish you a Happy Trekking!