As the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad is a city which is a renowned tourist spot in India. Hyderabad's rich heritage and culture that has evidence of the Nizam rule, Hyderabad is a city which is a blend of ancient charm and modernity.
With its many beautifully built forts, parks, museums and temples, Hyderabad is a city which is also famous for its glorious temples. The city houses a number of temples which are major attractions for tourists and pilgrims alike. Read on to know more about some of the most popular temples of Hyderabad.
Located near the Secretariat & Ravindra Bharati of Hyderabad, the Birla Mandir was completed in the year 1976 by the famous Birla Family of India, on a hilltop.
Giving a scenic view to the visitors, the Birla Mandir is made from beautiful white marble, with scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata sculpted on it. The idol inside the temple resembles that of the idol at the Tirupati temple and it is a 11 foot tall black granite idol.
Balakampet Yellamma Temple
Located at the suburb of Balakampet in Hyderabad, the Yellamma Temple is said to be existent since the 15th century. Goddess Yellamma is another manifestation of Goddess Parvathi and every year, the occasion of ‘Yellamma Kalyana' or the marriage of the deity, is celebrated here with vigour, along with other festivals like Dasara. The Yellamma Temple complex houses other temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Goddess Pochamma and more.
Chilkur Balaji Temple
The Chilkur Balaji Temple is situated at Chilkur in Moinabad mandal of Hyderabad and the deity here, Lord Venkateshwara is popularly known as the ‘Visa Balaji' owing to the practice of devotees coming here to worship the lord to help them travel abroad with ease. One important feature of this temple is that it is the only shrine in India that does not accept any monetary donations from visitors. The temple comes out with a monthly magazine called ‘Vak' which is its only source of income.
Karmanghat Hanuman Temple
Considered to be about 860 years old, the Karmanghat Hanuman Temple was built in the 11th century by King Prataprudra II of the Kakatiya Dynasty. Located at Karmanghat of Hyderabad, this Hanuman temple has a number of devotees who have utter faith in the deity housed here. The temple complex also houses other shrines such as Lord Rama, Vigneshwara, Nageshwara, Brahmaraba sametha Spatika Lingeshwara, Durga mata, Saraswati mata, Jagannatha Venugopala swamy, Navagrahas etc which prove to be a delight to visitors.
This Shyam Temple is located opposite to the Kacheguda Railway Station in Hyderabad and is dedicated to Lord Barbarika or the reincarnation of Lord Krishna.
Though the temple has many visitors throughout the year, devotees throng here on the 11th and 12th day of ‘bright half of the month', in accordance to the Hindu calendar. On this occasion, the temple remains open throughout the night and bhajans are organized by the devotees who sing praises of the Lord.