Chilkur Balaji TempleHyderabad popular for pearl trade, Charminar and biryani is also famous among tourists for the Chilkur Balaji Temple or Visa Balaji, or Lord Venkateswara, the Vishnu incarnation, as is known in Hyderabad. This temple is thronged by large number of devotees seeking the blessings of the Lord
The Chilkur Balaji temple popular as Visa Balaji is situated near Osman Sagar Lake at Chilkur in Ranga Reddy district of Andhra Pradesh, about 20 km from Hyderabad.
About Chilkur Balaji TempleThe temple has been a popular attraction for visa hopefuls for more than two decades. The temple is under the trusteeship of Sri C.S. Gopala Krishna and Sri M.V. Soundara Rajan. The whole archaka family have devoted their lives to Lord Venkateswara.
Balaji is one of the many popular names of Srinivasa or Vankataramana, one of the ten avatars of Vishnu.
Lord Balaji is one of the most worshiped incarnations of Lord Vishnu. His devotees visit his many temples to pray for prosperity happiness, and fertility.
There is no special privileges given to any VIPs visiting the temple. This temple is considered to be an alternative to Tirumala temple.
Rituals at the TempleAccording to ritual one has to do parikrama or pradikshna around Lord Balaji eleven times and pray for his or her wish fulfillment.
History of Chilkur Balaji TempleAccording to tradition, a devotee who used to visit Tirupati every year could not do so on one occasion owing to serious ill-health.
Distance: The temple is 25Kms from Secunderabad Railway Station, 21.5 Kms from Mehdipatnam and 26.5 Kms from MGBS Hyderabad
Temple Timings: Daily 5.00 A.M – 8.00 P.M
- Chilkur Balaji is also called a Visa God
- Make a wish with 11 Pradakshanas and God will make you do 108 Pradakshanas.
How to reach Chilkur Balaji TempleVarious buses from Mehdipatnam will help you reach the temple. Bus Route Number 288D and 288C are available from Mehdipatnam very frequently. It takes around 40 minutes to reach Chilkur Balaji Temple from Mehdipatnam by bus.
Nearby Tourist Attractions:
- Osman Sagar Lake
- Sagar Mahal
- Himayat Sagar Lake
- Mrugavani National Park