Friday, April 24, 2009

Bijli Mahadev Temple

Name : Bijli Mahadev Temple

Location : Kullu, Uttaranchal

Legend : Standing across the river, high on a projecting bluff, the Bijli Mahadev Temple is flanked by a 20 mtr high rod. According to a legend, the flagpole atop the temple draws blessings in the form of lightning which could shatter the shivalingam. It is said if a paste of butter and barley-gram is applied to the broken shivalingam, it will fully mend and return to its original form. At least once a year the idol of Shiva in the temple is supposed to be shattered by lightning, then miraculously repaired by the temple pujari (priest).

Description : This temple houses the pictorial view of the luxuriant valley below. Placed at a height of 2450 meters, the Pahari style temple architecture offers an eye-catching scenario not only to the ardent devotees but also to the frequent traveler.

A holy darshan of the temple requires a hefty voyage of three kilometers on foot, which is quite tiresome. The uphill path towards this sacred shrine is flanked by pine trees that make the stride a pleasant one.

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