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Bijli Mahadev Trek

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About Bijli Mahadev Trek

Located at an altitude of 2460 meters in Kullu Village, Bijli Mahadev trek is one of the most sought activities. Upon completion of this trek, you will be able to pay your respects in one of the most ancient Shiva temples of India, which is built in KathKuni Style. The temple possesses Shiva Lingam as a form of Lord Shiva, to which thousands of devotees pay their respect. Starting from Kinja village, you will be trekking to the temple in the Kasawari village of the Kullu mountains surrounded by lush greenery. After traveling through a 3-kilometer long, easy-to-moderate trail of Bijli Mahadev Trek, you will cross the enchanting river of Beas. Following some incredible landscapes covered with green trees, you will reach this sacred place. The temple lets its structure be marvelously visible from the distance along with 1100 stairs shaded by Deodar trees. Once you enter the temple, the holy 1.5 ft tall Shiva Linga will bless you with positive vibes. The high altitude of this temple presents you with breathtaking views of Parvathi and Kullu Valley. The confluence of river Parvathi and Beas will be right in front of your eyes from the heavenly heights. After spending quality time across the temple, you can come back to Kinja village on the same day with blissful memories of the 1-day trek.

Highlights of Bijli Mahadev Trek

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Maximum Altitude: 2460 meters

Temperature: 25 degrees Celsius to 37 degrees Celsius

Trek Distance: 3 Km

Trek Duration: 1 day

Terrain Type: Forests and stairs

Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

Starting Point of Bijli Mahadev Trek: Kinja Village

Finishing Point of the Trek: Kinja Village

Nearest Railway Station: Jogindernagar Railway Station

Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport

Trek Base Camp: Kinja Village

Snow Season: Winters from November heavy snowfall and low temperatures

Best Season: Summers around March and June

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Bijli Mahadev Trek Itinerary

Itinerary at a glance

  • Bijli Mahadev Temple Trek is a one-day trek that takes you to the holy temple of Bijli Mahadev in the beautiful Kullu Hills.

  • You will start your journey from Kinja village and ascend through green grasslands and forests to reach the temple.

  • After offering your prayers, you can come back to Kinja village on the same day.

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Day 1

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  • Get transferred from the hotel by taxi to reach Kinja village, the base point of the trek.
  • Start the trek and ascend between the lush green forest.
  • Have lunch amidst the tall trees.
  • Experience Bijli Mahadev Trekking for 3 hours to reach the temple.
  • Arrive at Bijli Mahadev Temple to pray, and offer your respect.
  • Descend to Kinja Village.
  • Get transferred to the hotel.
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What To Pack For the Trek?

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  • Although Bijli Mahadev Trek is a summer trek at such high altitudes, it can be cold because of low temperatures. So, carry warm clothes with you for protection.

  • Carry sunglasses and sunscreen.

  • In case of an emergency, carry rainwear.

  • Trekking shoes that are appropriate for any terrain.

  • A backpack of 50-60 liters is required.

  • Toiletry like Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, tissues, moisturizer, cold coral, sanitizer, and anti-fungal cream.

  • Personal medicine kit for emergency purposes.

  • Carry a leakproof lunch box, mug, spoon, and disposable plates with you.

  • Carry Water bottles, snacks such as biscuits, protein bars, glucose-based chocolates, cup noodles, dry fruits, and quick energy bites.

  • Plastic covers to keep your used clothes separate from your new clothes and food.

  • Carry chargers, power banks, and a magnetic compass to ensure proper communication and navigation.

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Facts About Bijli Mahadev Trek

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  • It is believed that the entire valley of Kullu and the Kinja village is in the form of a snake. The dreadful serpent is said to be slaughtered by Lord Shiva.

  • Legend says that a demon named Kulant took the form of a dragon to destroy the entire valley. This is one of the reasons why Kullu valley is named Kullu- derived from the legend of the demon-dragon Kulant.

  • The temple is called Bijli Mahadev because it is believed that a lightning bolt hits after every 12 years directly to Shiva Linga to distort it. Priests use Sattu and Butter to fix the Shiva Linga, making Bijli Mahadev Trekking people address this place as ‘Makhan Mahadev’. Lord Shiva takes up the entire bolt to himself for saving the residents and his devotees.

  • According to some legends, Lord Indradev seeks permission from Lord Shiva to hit the Shiva Lingam, every 12 years.

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Know Before You Go

Tips for Bijli Mahadev Trek
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  • Visit a doctor before the trek to assess your fitness level and other required checkups.

  • Avoid Bijli Mahadev Trekking during the monsoon season because rain can make the stairs hard to climb.

  • Keep cash on you because there are no ATMs or UPI machines beyond Kullu.

  • After Kullu, there would be no mobile phone network. As a result, you should notify your family and close friends ahead of time.

  • You must follow the guidelines issued by the state.

  • Follow the instructions of the trek guide carefully.

  • Don’t climb the stairs of Bijli Mahadev Trek too quickly as it may tire you up.

  • Don’t trek during the night.

  • Practice ventilation techniques as atmospheric pressure drops at such high altitudes, resulting in reduced oxygen inhalation.

  • Don’t use earphones as they will hinder your audibility.

  • The sudden drop in oxygen levels can cause headaches, hypoxic conditions, vomiting, and a variety of other health issues.

  • Carry medications and take the necessary precautions to avoid these.

  • Carry dry snacks and food from home to save your money.

  • Cover your head as cold waves strike your head and face, lowering your body temperature.

  • Climbing stairs too quickly will tire you out and may result in an accident.

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How Difficult is the Bijli Mahadev trek?

Bijli Mahadev Trek is rated from easy trek as it takes you 2460 meters high to Bijli Mahadev temple. You have to travel a mere distance of 3 kilometers while ascending through forests of pines and deodar. The trail is easy to climb by simple steps through the green meadows and temple stairs. You need to take quick steps in some parts of the journey, making the trail moderately difficult at points. However, the trek is easy and beginner-friendly.

Who established Bijli Mahadev temple?

Some historians believe that the Bijli Mahadev temple was established by Vedic scholar Shankaracharya to promote Hinduism.

What are the myths surrounding Bijli Mahadev Temple?

According to folklore, a demon named Kulant took the form of a dragon in order to destroy the entire valley. The dragon traveled from Lahaul Spiti to Naganathar near Kullu and Mathan village, passing through Mandi's Ghoggardhar. The demon intended to alter the flow of the River Beas and drench the entire area, including all residents and animals. Lord Shiva was enraged by this and devised a brilliant plan to deceive the demon by lying about his tail catching fire. When the demon turned his back, Lord Shiva killed him with the Trident. The demon's body fell into this vast area and grew into a mountain that spanned the entire Kullu valley, Rohtang Pass, and Ghooghardhar.

Is the myth surrounding Bijli Mahadev temple true?

It is a very common thing to hear about the lightning bolt striking the Shiv Linga, once in 12 years, and this place also witnesses strong Thunderstorms frequently.

What are the other names of this temple?

The Bijli Mahadev temple is also addressed as Makhan Mahadev temple because of the distortion caused in Shivling by the lightning bolt, which is fixed by using Butter. Priests are known to use Sattu and butter to recreate the holy Shiv Linga.

Is Bijli Mahadev Trek safe?

Yes, Bijli Mahadev Trek is safe because you have to cover 3 kilometers of ascending in a single day. You won’t have to rest for the night in a campsite as it is a short trek. The trail takes you through green grasslands and forests. Once you reach the temple, you have to climb a large number of stairs to enter. All of this makes Bijli Mahadev Trek beginner friendly, easy, and safe.

What are the opening hours of the temple?

The Bijli Mahadev Temple is open every day from 06:00 AM to 08:00 PM. You can visit according to the time of your preference and trek during these hours. Once you offer your prayer, you can stay in the surrounding place for natural sightseeing and peace.

Is the Bijli Mahadev trek suitable for families?

Yes, Bijli Mahadev Trekking is suitable for group participation such as families, and friends. Since it is a one-day trek, you can finish this easily. If you plan to go on a trek with your family, all of you must walk 5 km every day to prepare for this trek.

Will I find snow during my trek?

You will find little to no snow during summers as the temperatures range from 25 degrees Celsius to 37 degrees Celsius. However, in December, January, February, and March, the entire region is covered in snow. The trek is not accessible during this season.

Is the mobile network present on the trek?

Beyond Kinja Village, mobile networks aren’t accessible. You should inform your family and loved ones before heading out from Kinja Village on this peaceful trek.

Is there an ATM service in Bijli Mahadev?

Beyond Kinja Village and Kullu, there is a very small number of ATM services available.

Can I use cashless payment methods during the trek?

It is highly recommended to carry cash. As you might be needing it while visiting the religious shops near the temple for offerings.

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