Birla Mandir - Must-Visit Place in Hyderabad Night View of Birla Mandir, Hyderabad

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Timings : Monday - Sunday: 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Time Required : Around 1-2 Hours

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Birla Mandir, Hyderabad Overview

The Birla Mandir in Hyderabad forms a pleasant serene atmosphere and is a perfect place for those who wish to get away from city life and immerse themselves in prayer and meditation. 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.

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 temple itself is located at the top of a 280 feet tall hill called the Naubat Pahad that overlooks both, Hyderabad and Secunderabad as well as the Hussain Sagar Lake and is one of the best viewpoints in the city.

The main idol in the Birla Mandir is eleven feet tall and made entirely of white marble, approximately 2000 tonnes from Rajasthan, making it a truly majestic sight to behold. The idol is also covered by a carved lotus canopy made of granite stone which vastly contrasts with the marble of the idol.

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Architecture of Birla Mandir

The architecture of the Birla Mandir is of a most curious nature and has drawn the eye of several architectural enthusiasts and individuals with a keen interest in the field. The architectural style is mainly a healthy fusion of South Indian and Nagara Style and the temple was deemed to be complete after 10 years of welding these styles together to create a masterpiece.
Architecture of Birla Mandir
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While the main tower and shrine or the Jagadananda Vimanam itself are designed in a way that distinctly reflects the Dravidian Style, the other smaller towers strongly resemble the South Indian Style of Architecture. Aside from this, the Sanctum Sanctorum is designed in distinct Oriya Style whereas the 42 feet talk Flagstaff is made entirely of Bronze.
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The fusion of all the various diverse styles as well as the depiction of scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana which are carved on the walls, fuse to create an enchanting atmosphere that pulls visitors back to the times of the gods and manages to enthral them completely.

Highlights of Birla Mandir

The Birla Mandir provides not only the view but also the unruffled tranquillity because the temple is entirely devoid of the sound of bells. This also makes it just the place to meditate or collect your thoughts. Statues of several other Hindu deities are also spread across the temple and given equal reverence.
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The temple of Buddha containing several paintings from his life and showing a vivid picture of his history and struggles is also a highlight of the Birla Mandir. Other notable sites that should not be overlooked include the planetarium and the Birla Science Museum which are located at a walking distance from the Birla Mandir.

Tips For Visiting Birla Mandir

  • Photography is strictly not permitted on the premises.
  • Free locker facilities are available for individuals visiting the temple.
  • The temple lies atop a hill and is, therefore, a straggling and long climb up a number of steps. Individuals should keep this in mind before deciding to journey here.

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