The Birla Mandir in Hyderabad forms a pleasant serene atmosphere and is a perfect place for those who wish to get away from the city life and immerse themselves in prayer and meditation. Created in 1976 by Swami Renganathananda from Ramakrishna Ashram and constructed by the Birla Foundation, the Birla Mandir has been a safe haven for all those looking for a few hours of peace amongst the glorious landscape. The Mandir is dedicated to the Lord Venkateshwara of Tirumala and is in fact modelled after and is the replica of the idol of Balaji of Tirupati.
Chilkur Balaji Temple is situated in the picturesque village of Chilkur, about 30 kilometres away from Hyderabad. It is also called the VISA Temple, and sits prettily on the banks of the Osman Sagar Lake, near the Vikarabad Road. It is believed that paying your obeisance to the presiding deity, Lord Balaji Venkateswara, along with Sridevi and Bhoodev can grant your wishes of gaining a USA Visa! The temple in Hyderabad houses the Visa Balaji or the Visa God! The belief finds its roots in an incident when a few students who had their Visa applications rejected, came and prayed here only to have their applications accepted.
ISKON is known all over for being some of the most beautiful, active, spiritual and religious centers in the country. One such ISKON temple can be found in the Nampally region in Hyderabad. The main deity in the temple is Lord Krishna. One can also see idols of Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Jagannatha Baladeva-Subhadra and Sri Radha Madana-Mohana. The temple carries out programs of Pujas and Aartis every day while on Sundays, special programs are organized.
Located in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Jagannath Temple is a modern Hindu temple built by the Odia community dedicated to Hindu God Jagannath- God of the Universe. Constructed in red sandstone, the temple in Hyderabad follows the ancient shikhara style pattern. Besides the main deity, the temple has smaller shrines dedicated to Lakshmi, Shiva, Ganesha, Hanuman and Navagraha.
Situated in Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad, Peddamma Temple is a Hindu temple enshrine by •the supreme motherê. She is the most supreme of the 11 forms of village deities. Besides the main shrines, the temple also has idols of Lakshmi, Ganpathy and Saraswati. The temple accepts only coconuts as offerings.
About 200 years old, Sri Ganesh temple in Hyderabad is one of the most famous temples in Telangana. The main deity is Lord Ganesha, whose idol is the main attraction of the temple. Apart from the main deity, there are six other sannathis dedicated to various gods and goddesses namely Lord Shiva, Sri Navagraha, Sri Subramanya Swamy, Sri Anjaneya, Sri Uma Maheshwari, RahuKetu and Maha Ganapathi Mandapam. Daily rituals are performed regularly, and different pujas and offerings are also conducted based on the devotees' preferences.
Nagamma Temple, located in Secunderabad, Telangana, is one of the oldest temples in the area and well-known among locals as well as tourists. With intricately carved idols and ancient architecture, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Nagamma, a snake deity belonging to the Hindu religion. Devotees believe in her powers to satisfy desires and reduce the issues with their horoscope such as Naag Dosh (Sarpa Dosha).
Located in the vicinity of Kachiguda Railway Station, the Shyam Baba Mandir sits on top of Veeranna Gutta in Barkatpura. The temple is beautifully architectured and it is generally teeming with people who worship Lord Shyam, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Not to forget, the wall paintings and stone figures of the temple are sculpted to perfection, which are more than beautiful to be admired. The temple’s atmosphere is experienced best during festivals like Janmashtami and Raas Leela.
Recognised as one of the oldest temples in Hyderabad, The Balkampet Yellamma temple was constructed in the 15th century, which was later renovated in the 20th. Goddess Yellamma is an incarnation of Kali and the idol of the deity is present 10 feet below the ground. One of the most important occasions at the temple is the Yellamma Kalyanotsavam which is the celestial marriage of the goddess. The Bonalu Jathara also takes place here which is generally scheduled in between Golconda Bonalu Jathara and Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu Jathara.
The first Golden temple of Telangana was established recently in 2018 and it is present in Road number 12, Banjara Hills. There are two shrines in the temple - one of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and the other of Lord Krishna and Radha together. The main attraction of the temple is the Narasimha Swamy’s idol which is a Swayambhu sculpture, meaning it is a naturally formed sculpture.
Located in one of the most ironical places for a temple, the Bhagya Lakshmi temple in Charminar is arguably one of the most famous temples in the city. People flock to the temple on any occasion related to Goddess Lakshmi. The temple is said to be erected in the late 1960s and it has been there ever since. The Judicial bodies have ruled it as an illegal construction and the High Court of Hyderabad has ordered that the temple shall not undergo any expansion.
Famous since the 90s, this temple in Dilsukhnagar is a routine visit for people who worship Lord Sai Baba. People come here to see the Marathi Pooja and Aarti every day in the morning and evening. The place generally finds a lot of crowd on Thursdays, as the day is considered to be special for worshipping Sai Baba.
Architecturally similar to the Ashtalakshmi temple in Chennai, this one in Kothapet is located between Dilsukhnagar and LB Nagar. Built in 1996, the temple took 5 years for construction. The marble-like finishing of the temple makes it look all the more beautiful at night and people believe that worshipping Goddess Lakshmi brings prosperity and happiness into their lives. It is one of the very few temples where all eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi are present.
The idol of the Shakti Ganesh temple in Ramkoti is a unique representation of Lord Ganesha. There is a different type of Shivalinga present in the temple and there is also the idol of Goddess Parvati. It is believed by the people that all their prayers come true at this temple. The temple witnesses a huge rush of devotees during festivals corresponding to lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.
This temple dates back to 600 years and it is said to be one of the oldest temples in Hyderabad. The temple holds historical importance, especially during the post Vijayanagara period. The sculptures are crafted with great skill and finesse, as most of the idols are carved against the rock on which the temple is present in Chandrayangutta.
Erected by the Kakatiyas in the 12th century, this temple holds great historical importance, especially with the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. There is a legend that when Aurangzeb had tried to bring down the temple, he heard a thunderous voice say,“Mandir todna hai toh Rajan, kar man ghat”, which translates to ‘If you want to break the temple, O King, harden your heart’. Hence the name ‘Kar-Man-Ghat’ and the idol of Lord Hanuman is seen meditating. The devotees call it Dhyana Anjaneya Swamy.
Visit these magnificent temples in Hyderabad to attain divine peace.