Hyderabad today a famous IT hub, is also famous for many historical monuments, museums, parks, gardens and hyderabadi biryani. Ofcourse hyderabad is famous for food delicacies. But hyderabad is also known for some famous religious places. And today we look at some famous temples in Hyderabad!
So if you are in town and have a day or two in hand, do plan to visit few of these temples and take blessings of almighty.
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1) Birla Mandir
With a white imposing structure, Birla mandir surely attracts passer by. The temple was built by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. This 200ft high temple is situated on top of Kala Pahad.
One of the new temples of India and one among the series of Birla Mandir’s across country this temple is one of the must visits if you are in town.
The main attraction of the temple is the 11 feet tall granite idol of deity Lord Venkateswara with a carved lotus forming an umbrella on the top.
Temple Address: Hill Fort Rd, Ambedkar Colony, Khairatabad
Temple Timings: 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM (daily)
This place is 10 minutes from Lakdi-ka-pul bus stop and there is direct auto / cabs available for the temples
Other Attractions: You can also visit Birla Planetarium and Birla Science Museum
2) ISKCON Temple
Who does not know about ISKCON. The magnificent temple of ISKCON Hyderabad, dedicated to Lord Krishna was inaugurated by Swami Prabhupada himself.
The temple is a center for educational, cultural and social activities. You will see bhajans being played through out the day and special poojas are performed during morning and evenings.
For more information you can visit the temple website at http://www.iskconhyderabad.com/
Festivals like Janamastmi, Rama Navami and Radhastami are celebrated in a grand way.
Temple Address: Hare Krishna Land, Nampally Station Road, Abids
Temple Timings: All days of the week -4:30 AM to 8:30 PM
How to reach: The temple is located 15 km from Falaknuma station and you can get regular taxis / autos to reach this place.
3. Jagannath Temple
This is another modern temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath. We all have heard of Lord Jagannatha temple at Puri in Odisha. It is said to replica of Shri Jagannath temple in Puri.
Like Sri Jagannatha temple in Puri, this temple in hyderabad is also famous for annual rath yatra and is celebrated in a grand way by the Odiya community of Hyderabad.
The temple was built in 2009 and is located at the Banjara Hills, center of the city.
Temple Address: Banjara Hills
Temple Timings: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (All Days)
How To Reach: Very easy to reach Banjara Hills and this temple. Bus route number 127K from Koti or 10H from Secunderabad can be taken.
For information on the temple, you can visit http://shrijagannathtemplehyderabad.com
The best time to visit this temple is during the Annual Ratha Yatra in Ashad Month.
Other Attractions near the temple is KBR Park.
4) Chilkur Balaji Temple
This place is popularly known as ‘Visa Balaji Temple’. Situated on the banks of Osman Sagar this temple is dedicated to Lord Balaji.
This temple is a bit far from main city, but a very famous temple and popular among people seeking foreign visa. It is one of the unique temples of India. The temple is situated in Chilkur, a small beautiful village around 30 Kms from Hyderabad.
The temple is quite a old temple and is said to be more than 500 years old. A fine example of fine temple architecture of India, this temple is visited by thousands of people and should be a must visit if you are in Hyderabad
This temple claims not to accept any money from devotees visiting. This temple doesn’t have any green channel or extra privileges for VIP’s making it a special one. One of the similar kinds of the temple is located in Virpur (Rajkot), by the name of Jalabram temple. Located at a distance of 30 km from the main city this temple has a very pleasing architecture.
Temple Address: Chilkur Balaji Temple Rd, Himayat Nagar
Temple Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM (All Days)
For further information, you can also visit temple website http://www.chilkurbalaji.com
How To Reach: You can catch buses from Mehdipatnam and Patacheruvu
Best Time To Visit: You can visit this temple throughout the year. Remember this temple is pretty crowded as people come here to seek lords blessings for visa. So weekend can be very crowded. Weekdays are best to visit.
5) Ratnalayam Temple
Ratnalayam temple is also one of the most famous temples near Hyderabad. This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara and also to Goddess Padmawati and Goddess Andal.
The temple has a main big hall where you can see devotees chanting Vishnu Sahashranamam (1000 names for lord Vishnu). This hall is used for meditation.
Located at a distance of around 30 kms from city center, this will be a nice one day temple trip for you.
Temple Address: Rajiv Gandhi Rahadari, Near Shubham Gardens, Aliabad, Telangana 500078
- 6 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 8 pm (weekdays)
- 6 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 9pm (weekends and holidays)
5) Kesari Hanuman Temple or Karmanghat Hanuman Temple
A very famous temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
The temple is located on the banks of Musi River in Jiyaguda. This 300 year old temple, is said to be constructed by Samartha Ramdas Swami, the Guru of Chhatrapati Shivaji.
It is said that this place is related to the period of Ramayana. As per mythology, during his search for Ma Sita, Lord Hanuman visited this place and at this place he worshipped Lord Ram. Hence Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated at a grand scale here. It attracts devotees in large numbers.
Temple Address: Pachbai Alwa, Karwan Sahu, Karwan East
Temple Timings: 6.30 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM (all days except sundays)
How To Reach: The temple is around 12 Km from the MGBS bus stop. You can take bus or hire a auto / cab to reach there.
So these are five famous temples which you can visit if you are in town. But there are many other famous temples as well which can be part of your list.
- Shri Shyam Temple
- Shri Gnana Saraswati Temple
- Shri Adinatha Jain Temple
- Balkampet Yellama Temple
- Keesara Gutta Ramalingeswara Devasthanam
There are many other historical temples in the state of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
If you have visited any of above, do write to us about your experience.
Have a blessed darshan!
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