Chilkur Balaji Temple is one of the most famous and visited temples in Hyderabad which attracts lakhs of devotees because of belief in Lord Venkateshwara or Lord Sri Balaji. It’s also popularly known by other names like Visa Balaji Temple or Visa Temple since it’s believed that many students have wished to get Visa to other countries and they have got it. Chilkur Balaji is located in place called Chilkur nearby Mehedipatnam and so it’s called Chilkur Balaji Temple. It’s located 25 km from the center of Hyderabad.
Chilkur Balaji Temple is one of the oldest temples which were constructed during the time of Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramdas. More than a lac devotees visit this temple and on Fridays and Saturdays there visitors gets double than the daily visitors.
Another specialty of this temple is that they don’t accept any money and have no hundi for donations. However they have started donations through online funds transfer to their account. Other good thing is that all the persons are treated in same respect, so there is no privilege’s for VVIP persons.
Call it as rituals or prayers, people do 11 meander of the inner shrine to make a wish and when its fulfilled they have to carry out it 108 times around the sanctum sanctorum. The 11 meander represents the secret of creation, 1 for soul and 1 for body and 108 meanders represent 1 for Existence, Almighty or God, 0 for Creation and 8 for Human Body. The majority of wishes people come here are for visa related and thus the name is ‘Visa Balaji Temple’.
To the back of the temple we have the beautiful Osman Sagar Lake with green trees. If one to reach this temple he should reach out to Chilkur located in Moinabad mandal which is located outskirts of Hyderabad through Mehendipatnam. Once can avail APSRTC buses bearing 288D as the service number for every 15 minutes or better hire a taxi.