Chilkur Balaji Temple, Hyderabad

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Admire the millennium-old details of Chilkur Balaji Temple, a place of worship devoted to Venkateswara, a form of the Hindu god Vishnu. Also known as the "visa god," Venkateswara draws devotees praying to gain a visa to visit the United States. If their initial 11 rounds around the temple yield success, worshippers must perform another 97 circumambulations in thanks. The temple represents one of the few in the country that doesn't accept any money from devotees, and has no privileged access. Make Chilkur Balaji Temple part of your personalized Hyderabad itinerary using our Hyderabad route planner.
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  • It is very peace and beautiful place and it is must visit temple in Hydrerabad and lovely location to visit  more »
  • It is about 1-2 hours drive on the outskirts of Hyderabad. It is close to the RGIA airport in Hyderabad. So you can add it to your itinerary to get some real temple experience. The temple is given hig...  more »
  • About 1hr drive from most parts of Hyderabad. It will too crowded on Saturdays so either visit other days or reach early morning (6am) on Saturday. No entry ticket (You won't get VIP treatment no matt...  more »
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  • Interesting temple on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Frequented by many worshipers but no information for tourists provided. There are many vendors outside the temple selling coconuts and offering shoe deposit services. Also one or two religious men are loitering the are offering their fortune telling abilities. The coconuts are split inside the temple by a priest. Also worshipers are walking around the inside shrine (100 times) as a sign of worship. Outside the temple street vendors are selling fresh fruits. Deposit boxes for camera, cell phone and bags are offered for a minimal price inside the temple.
  • Yes!!!!! It's very famous and known as VISA GOD. People, especially youngsters come here. You have to complete minimum 11 circles around the temple, to Wish your here. Later, if it is fullfilled then you are required to complete 108 walk around around the temple. Regarding the people who are seeking jobs or VISA in USA...... this god helps them to get them. Lot of parking space...... Eateries are also there..... Better if you can be there early in the morning before 0600, you can finish your walk around quickly and easily. Direct Bus (288D) services (AC & Non AC) are also available from Mehdipatnam.
  • A temple, not very far from Hyderabad city, provides tranquility to the devotees. One of its kind, I have ever experienced, the temple does not have any box for offerings. If you still insist to offer money, then you may transfer money online to the account of the temple. The Lord is offered garland of Basil leaves. There are a plenty of flower sellers outside the temple providing basil mala. You may want to negotiate on the price, because I found them to be quite heavily priced. It is sold on per foot basis and of Rs 30 per foot, so for a five feet garland, you may have to pay Rs 150. Negotiate if you want, I think it can be settled for Rs 100 for five feet. Naariyal is also said to be offered to the Lord. One can buy them from the flower sellers outside the temple. It is also said that, you can request the Lord to help you get Visa for which ever country you wish for. I have heard that the Lord has fulfilled wishes for people who have come and prayed for this. Camera is not allowed in side the temple. So you may keep it either in your car or have it deposited at the counter.
  • It's a small and very popular temple in outskirts of Hyderabad. Also known as Visa temple. Was not very crowdy on the day I went. What I felt very good about is they don't expect to receive any donation from the visitors.
  • Good place to go for every Balaji Devote. Be careful with the coconut sellers and a man who always ask you not to take polythene covered into temple and sells a paper bag which cost 2 rupees for 10. He behaves like a temple in charge but not.
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