Tribune News Service
Kullu, June 11
A video of lightning striking the hilltop of Bijli Mahadev temple area in Himachal's Kullu valley has been getting viral on social media.
Located at an altitude of about 2,460 metres, Bijli Mahadev is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Lightning incidents occur here like once in over a decade and this time it broke the Shivlinga inside the temple premises.
After the incident, the Shivlinga was coated with butter by the temple priest to bring it to original form.
Located 14 km from Kullu across the Beas river, it can be approached after a trek of 3 km.
A panoramic view of Kullu and Parvati valleys can be seen from the temple. The 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun.
It is said that the tall staff attracts divine blessings in the form of lightning, thus the name Bijli Mahadev.
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