Have you noticed one common thing about many Venkateshwara Temples? Most of them are built on top of the hills or hillocks! We always have to climb up atleast for a short distance to seek his blessings in many destinations. Even Birla Temple in Hyderabad is on a hillock overlooking the Hussain Sagar Lake!
Venkateshwara Statue at the Entrance
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We can see a tall granite idol of Lord Venkateshwara as we enter the temple premises. Visitors have to park their vehicles at the foot of the hillock before proceeding upstairs. Further, take the stairs which leads to the main temple on top.
Attractions in Birla Mandir
First, you will see a small shrine of Ganesha as you begin to climb the stairs. Moving on, another temple of Lord Ganesha and a shrine of Lord Shiva is seen. Next you can also seek the blessings from Lord Hanuman before heading towards the main shrine.
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The big marble shrine comes into picture as you reach the top. Devotees are sent in a queue which passes through the main hall and the sanctum. An enchanting idol of Lord Venkateshwara is housed in the inner sanctum.
Not To Miss!
Birla Mandir is situated on a hillock named Naubat Pahad. One most important attraction is the Hussain Sagar Lake and the gardens surrounding it. You can get an amazing view of Hussain Sagar Lake and the Buddha Statue from Birla Temple.
Small Temples On the Way
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The white marble architecture and well maintained premises makes you stay for a longer time. Especially in the evenings, you can enjoy a view of lit-up Hyderabad city and the necklace road surrounding the lake from the top.
There is a big antique store at the foot of the hill. You can explore this big shop!
A small bazaar is also there to buy pooja items like flowers, coconuts, incense sticks, etc. at the foot of the hill.
Structure of Birla Temple in Hyderabad!
The white marble architecture of the Birla Temple looks elegant perched on a hill top! Infact, one can see the beautiful temple tower from the Hussain Sagar Lake. It is similar to other Birla Mandirs across India as it is built by the Birla Foundation.
The Main Temple
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A mix of Rajasthani, Dravidian and Utkala style of architectures makes it an exotic structure. Pure marble temple with the granite idols of Lord Venkateshwara and small temples of other Hindu gods and goddess is worthwhile to visit.
Photography is not allowed inside the temple. So, no cameras or even phones are allowed inside the temple. It is better to keep your mobile phones and cameras before you start climbing the stairs. A security personnel will check the visitors before entering the premises.
Birla Mandir is one of the beautiful temples in Hyderabad. It is a bliss to explore this exotic marble architecture as it serves as one of landmarks of the city.
Birla Mandir in the evening
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How to Reach Birla Mandir in Hyderabad
Birla Mandir is located at a hillock named Naubat Pahad at Ambedkar Colony of Khairatabad area in Hyderabad. It is easily accessible by road or trains.
By Bus: Hyderabad City Transport buses can be taken to reach the temple. Local transports like auto-rickshaws or cabs are also available.
By Train: You can take MMTS Train and get down in Lakdi Ka Pul station to reach Birla Mandir.
Birla Mandir is one of the top tourist places in Hyderabad. You can easily cover Birla Mandir along with Hussain Sagar Lake, Lumbini Park and Birla Science Museum and Planetarium.