Landmarks of Hyderabad: Chilkur Balaji temple

Landmarks of Hyderabad: Chilkur Balaji temple

According to legend Lord Balaji appeared in the dream of a devotee, who due to his poor health was unable to visit the lords abode on the seven hills, Tirupathi. The lord moved by the devotion of his devotee asked him, not to worry, but go to the nearby forest where he will find his idol. The devotee went to the forest where he saw a molehill  which he started to dig. In course of doing so his axe accidently stuck the idol of lord Balaji which was buried beneath the molehill. He was astonished to find blood flowing from the areas where his axe has stuck. But a voice directed him to cover the molehill with cow’s milk. Upon doing so the self manifested (sayambhu)  idol of Lord Venkateshwara along with Sridevi and Bhoodevi was found and installed and a temple built around it. Such is the legend behind the temple among the most visited in Hyderabad. Built more than five hundred years ago, the facet of the temple has pleasing and intricate architecture.

Cut down to the present, and the popularity of the Chilkur Balaji temple has only grown. Nearly 1 lakh devotees visit it every week. Unlike most temples, it does not have a hundi. Another unique aspect of the temple is that the priest ask the devotee not to shut their eyes when in front of the idol but pray with their eyes open. Situated in calm environment the temple is also known as ‘Visa Balaji temple’ because it is very popular with people who want visa to go abroad. It is said that anyone who visit the temple and prays for a visa , has the  wish  granted. The person has to do 11 rounds of the temple, and when the wish is granted he has to return and do 108 rounds as thanks giving.