Timings : 5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Time Required : 2-3 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
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 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.
Chilkur Balaji Temple or Chilkoor Balaji Temple, as it is sometimes referred to, is also reputed for being the oldest one in Telangana and is believed to have been built half a millennium ago during the time of Madanna and Akkanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramadas. Chilkur Balaji is also the only temple in India which has continued to stay out of government control and which does not accept any monetary donations from its devotees. The temple is so popular that around 75,000 to 1,00,000 devotees visit the temple every week.
Air: Hyderabad Airport. The nearest airport is 20 kms away from Chilkur, states buses, taxies and cabs are available from there to Chilkur.
Rail: Himayat Nagar Railway Station Junction is 0kms away from Chilkur. The station is connected to some parts within the states.
Road: APSRTC runs buses from the major cities connecting Mehdipatnam, which is the nearest bus stand. The bus service is frequent, with a bus coming in every 15 minutes. There are connecting buses from here to Chilkur. From the main town of Hyderabad, Chilkur is 42 kms away, it takes nearly an hour and a half to reach the temple. Chilkur is 83kms away from Bangalore and can be reached by taking the Bangalore- Hyderabad highway.
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