The history of Birla Mandir dates back to 13 February, 1976. It is located in the
south end of Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad. It is positioned at the top
the Kala Pahad, the twin small hill of the Naubat Pahad.
This temple is dedicated to Lord
Venkateshwara. Birla Mandir has brought together the architectural
styles of Orissa and South Indian temples.
About Birla Mandir
The South Indian style Rajagopuram welcomes the visitors. The granite figure of the presiding goddess in the Birla Mandir at Hyderabad is about 11 feet tall.
There is an engraved lotus that serves as an umbrella to the presiding deity. The companions of Venkateswara, Padmavati and Andal, are housed in different memorial section in that temple. There is also a temple dedicated to Buddha in this complex, with wall paintings describing his life and work.
There are many striking carvings in marble in the mukha mandapam of the temple. These carving are finished with beautiful spotless marble which depict scenes from the Indian mythology.
Carving of Vamana, Buddha, Parasurama, Krishna, Mahavir, Chaitanya etc. are being embellished all around the structure. A brass pillar ascends to over 50 feet, and within is the black granite statue of Balaji, wrapped in silks and jewels, hidden away in the dark shelter created by what is exterior, an alluring sun-drenched gopuram.
Birla Temple at night
At night, this whole place gleams with soft lighting, creating the combined effect of composed and pure God welcoming visitors from their dark surroundings.
Visitors can also take delight in visiting large store on their way out, which sells interesting religious books and various pieces of art related to this temple.
Devotees are frisked, and mobile phones and cameras are not allowed inside the temple. This temple is attractive and beautiful; a sacred place where one can find peace and solace.