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Bijli Mahadev Temple, Kullu
Bijli Mahadev Temple, situated along the banks of the Beas River, is a popular pilgrimage site of Kullu located in proximity to Manali. Dedicated to Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, this site is located at an elevation of 2450 m above sea level. This temple represents the Pahari, a broad generalisation of groups of people living in the Himalayan foothills towards the north of India, architectural style and is renowned for its 60 feet tall staff.
According to local belief, the ‘Shiva lingam’, the idol symbolising Shiva, inside the shrine had broken into pieces because of lightening. Later, the priests of the temple joined the shattered ‘Shiva lingam’ with butter. This ceremony of joining the parts of Shivlinga takes place annually. Tourists planning to visit this temple have to climb an uphill path that is flanked by pine trees. The beautiful views of the Parvati as well as the Kullu valleys can be seen from the temple.