Located almost 30 kilometres from Hyderabad, Chilkur is a small picturesque village which is also a popular pilgrimage. It is in this sacred village where the famous Chilkur Balaji temple is built. On the banks of Osman Sagar Lake, close to the Vikarabad road, this temple attracts hordes of devotees from all over the country.
Chilkur Balaji temple has a pleasing architecture too, boasting of being one of the oldest temples in Telangana. It is said that this temple was built more than half a millennium ago. Built almost five hundred years ago, the temple is being considered as an alternative of Tirumala temple. The main deity of the temple is Lord Balaji Venkateswara along with Sridevi and Bhoodevi accompanying him.
There is a legend behind the construction of this temple. According to the tales, the temple was built by a devotee who after having health issues couldn't visit the Tirupati temple which he used to do earlier. Having moved by his devotion, Lord Venkateshwara appeared to him and instructed him to find the idol of the lord, together with Sridevi and Bhoodevi and build a temple. Since then, the devotees are known to seek e the blessings of the Lord Shri Balaji Venkateshwara. Many people, who cannot go to Tirupati temple, often come here.
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This temple is also popularly known as “Visa Balaji temple”. Apparently the temple is known for fulfilling devotees’ wishes to get a visa for going overseas. Chilkur balaji is also known for being one of the very few temples in India without any hundi or donation box, preaching only the devoutness in one’s nature.
Usually the devotees follow a common pattern. They offer 11 “pradakshinas” and their prayers to the deity. Once the wish is granted, they take 108 pradakshinas of the temple to show their gratitude and thank the God. The rounds are done amid the chanting of mantras and religious yet lively talks of the highly educated priests, who speak and motivate devotees in English and Telugu.This temple is known for its positive and peaceful atmosphere, away from the commercialized touch.
It is approximated that about 75,000 to 1 lakh devotees visit Chilkur balaji temple of Hyderabad every week. Although it is visited by hordes of devotees throughout the year, the number of visitors increases by many folds during the occasion of Anakota, Brahmotsavams and Poolangi. Chilkur Balaji temple is also visited by many great spiritual and religious gurus also. To name a few, Chilkur balaji temple is often visited by Jeer of Sri Ahobila Mutt, Tilakayaths of Shri Vallabhacharya Sampradaya, . Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Sringeri Mutt and many others.
Chilkur Balaji temple darshan timings are from 5 in morning to 8 in night. It is open throughout the week. Devotees can be seen doing pradakshina since morning till late in night. Outside the temple there are many small hotels as well. For accommodation you can go to the Haritha Hotel by Telangana Tourism which is located very near to the chilkur balaji temple.