Birla Mandir is dedicated to 'Lord Venkateshwara' and is one of the most venerated temples situated in Hyderabad. Read this article to know more about the things to do, nearby places and how to reach.

Birla Mandir

Location: Kala Pahad Hill, Hyderabad
Nearby Places: Hussain Sagar Lake, Lumbini Park
How to Reach: The Temple is about 1 Km from Hyderabad railway station and 6 Km from Hyderabad Bus Terminal Private transport facilities are available from all parts of the twin-cities.
Timings: 7 AM to 12 PM and 3 PM to 9 PM

Birla Mandir HyderabadThe 'Birla Mandir' is one of Hyderabad's most prized temple structures ever to be built. Located in 'Kala Pahad', Hyderabad, this temple was established in 1976. The Birla Mandir dedicated to 'Lord Venkateshwara', is one of the many temples constructed by the Birla Foundation. This temple required 10 years for its construction and is now one of the most beautiful temples in Hyderabad. The presiding deity of the Birla Mandir is Lord Venkateshwara or 'Balaji' and is the only shrine made from granite in the city. Divine mantras are chanted at approximately 5.30 AM every morning, which evokes a peaceful feeling for all those who hear it. Listening to the melodies of great singers like 'Tyagaraja', 'Annamayya' and 'Ramadas' from the temple, against the picturesque view of the great orange sky will surely bring tranquillity to your mind. The Birla Mandir is always crowded with a large number of tourists and the dwellers of Hyderabad every day.

Birla Mandir is constructed on the 'Kala Pahad Hill', which is at height of 280 feet. This gorgeous temple is wholly made from 2000 tons of white marbles, which were exclusively brought in from Rajasthan. The structural design of Birla Mandir was inspired from typical South Indian architecture as well as Rajasthani architecture. The four-tiered 'Rajagopura' that ornaments the temple top, adds to the enchanting beauty of the temple.

Above the main idol of Lord Venkateshwara, one can see the 'Jagadananda Vimanam', which is a tower, built in 'Orissan' architectural style. Other idols in the temple also have towers built over the shrines, but these are designed according to South Indian styles of architecture. One can recognize the events of the great epics, 'Ramayana' and 'Mahabharatha', carved on the marble within the interiors of the temple. The flagstaff of the temple is made from brass and is 42 feet high.

Things To Do
One can explore the temple's intricate carvings that depict the famous epics, 'Mahabharatha' and 'Ramayana'. Within the Birla Mandir Complex, there is a 'Buddha Temple' comprising of a number of paintings that illustrate "Buddha's" life and his contributions.

Nearby Places
The 'Hussain Sagar Lake' is situated very close to the Birla Mandir. The 'Lumbini Park' is also located nearby, which is a beautiful park with many facilities. This park is a perfect spot to spend a wonderful time with family and friends.

Best Time To Visit
You can visit Birla Mandir from October to March when the weather is cool. The temple is open to public on all days between 7 AM to 12 PM and from 3 PM to 9 PM.

One of the most spectacular and venerated structures in Hyderabad, the Birla Mandir is indeed a must-see for all. The structure of this temple is a combination of South Indian, Rajasthani and Orissan style of architecture, which makes this shrine a splendid work of art. If you are touring Hyderabad, make sure you explore this heavenly temple and get ready to be mesmerised by its fascinating beauty.