At about 2,460 m in the heavenly valley, the temple of Bijli Mahadev has seen ages go by. The shrine lies 22 km from Kullu, and be reached through a 3 km-long trek, which offers views of the valley endowed with poetic beauty.
Every year, either the Shiva lingam or the presiding deity’s sacred wooden staff gets mysteriously hit by lightning bolts. Naturally, the lingam breaks up into pieces as a result, but the priest customarily puts it all together by using cereal and pulse flour.
The reason why lightning strikes the lingam or the staff is sheer divine grace–the deity wants to save the inhabitants of the region from any impending evil. While, others believe that the lightning itself is a divine blessing carrying special powers.

A legend surrounding this temple states that a demon, named Kulanta, used to live in the Kullu valley. He took the form of an enormous snake and reached Mathan village of Lahaul-Spiti. Driven by evil intentions, Kulanta wanted to flood the whole village.
The demon snake stationed himself in a way that he obstructed the flow of the Beas river. Lord Shiva took note this, and immediately set out to deal with him. After engaging in a fierce battle with Kulanta, Shiva slayed the demon.
that is why the valley came to be known as Kullu after Kulanta’s death.

Another legend has it that this site is related to the puranic incident that involved Lord Shiva killing the invincible demon Jalandhar.

It is located at an altitude of about 2,460m in the Kullu Valley. Bijli Mahadev is one of the ancient temples in India. Located 14 km from Kullu across the Beas river,
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