Chilkur Balaji Temple - Visa Balaji Temple History, Timings and Photos

Chilkur Balaji Temple also popularly known among the devotees as Visa God or Visa Balaji Temple is located just 30 km away from Hyderabad city on the Vikarabad Highway at Chilkur Village in Moinabad Mandal of Telangana State.

Many devotees who wish to go abroad come here to this temple and pray Lord Balaji to get their wishes fructify. The temple is located on the banks of the Osman Sagar Lake (Gandipet).

Chilkur Balaji Temple or Visa Balaji Temple

We went to Chilkur temple last Sunday and have spent a couple of hours there in the morning seeing the temple attractions and found many young people doing Pradakshina or Parikrama especially for going overseas and fulfill their wishes.

Temple Information:

Proper Name Chilkur Balaji Temple
Primary Deity Lord Venkateswara Swamy
Date Built 14th century A.D
Locale Chilkur Village
City Hyderabad
District Ranga Reddy
State Telangana
Country India
Pin Code 501504

About Chilkur Balaji Temple:

The temple is present on the banks of Osmansagar Lake, which is popularly known as Gandipet Lake (An artificial lake in Hyderabad constructed by Osman Ali Khan in the year 1920 by damming the Musi River).

It is one of the famous ancient and oldest temple in Telangana constructed during the days of Akkana and Madanna Qutb Shahi dynasty period.

Devotees who visit this famous temple for the first time need to do 11 Parikrama or Pradakshina and then express their wish in front of Swayambhu Lord Venkateshwara idol without closing their eyes.

Devotees whose wishes are fulfilled will once again come to Chilkur Balaji Temple and take 108 Parikrama.

Chilkur Balaji Temple is one of the rare places I have seen where one can still witness the chanting's of Lord Balaji in high pitches while doing the Parikramas. A place of true worship can be witnessed at Chilkur Temple. Don't forget to visit Chilkur Balaji Temple when you are in Hyderabad next time.

The temple doesn't accept money or donations from the devotees and there is no entry fee. You don't find a single Hundi in this temple. Also, there is no special queue for VIP and Celebrities.

All pilgrims are treated equal at Chilkur Balaji Temple, which is rarely noticed in other popular temples of India.

Lord Balaji Temple at Chilkur - Chilkur Temple

There are many stalls surrounding the temple offering Puja items. There are some small and large hotels around the temple offering snacks and breakfast to the pilgrims.

The peaceful and quiet atmosphere of Chilkur attracts a lot of devotees how are fed up with Hyderabad noise pollution.

Mobile phones are not permitted in Chilkur Visa God temple as a new rule. So, pilgrims have to leave their cell phones, Smartphones/Tablets, important luggage bags and any other belongings near the queue counter and take the receipt before going to Balaji Darshan.

Chilkur temple in Hyderabad was meant as an alternative for those who could not go to Tirumala and visit the temple of Lord Balaji.

Today, this temple has become a mandatory stop for those seeking a H1B visas and is often visited by software and IT professionals in and around Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The state government repeatedly tried to take over the temple, but its trustees, priests and devotees have always come together to stop any such attempts.

Although people come to this temple with different wishes - to marry, have children, have their own home, for health problems - visa seekers, however, make up the largest percentage.

About VAK Magazine:

Devotees can contribute to the Chilkur Balaji Temple - Daily Puja Fund and have the blessings of Lord Balaji.

The temple also publishes a Trilingual Monthly Magazine called VAK and devotees can purchase this magazine at a nominal price in the temple itself.

Chilkur Balaji Temple Timings:

This great historic temple often called as Mini Tirumala is opened to the pilgrims in all days of the week.

Temple Open Time Morning 5 AM
Temple Close Time Evening 8 PM

The temple will be too crowded during Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays.


Pilgrims are advised to start early from their homes and avoid 108 Pradakshina (circumambulation) during these peak days.

Visa Balaji  Temple in Hyderabad | Chilkur Balaji Temple

Festivals at Chilkur Temple:

Brahmotsavam (Seven Days Annual Festival) is celebrated every year during the period of Chaitra Masam (March to April) from the next day after Sri Rama Navami. All other Hindu festivals are celebrated with great fervor at this temple.

Getting to Chilkur Balaji Temple:

The temple is located at a distance of about 21.4 km from Mehdipatnam. Telangana State is providing bus services to Chilkur Balaji Temple especially on Sundays from Mehdipatnam and other places.

Chilkur Balaji Temple Accommodation:

There are many small Restaurants, Stalls and budget Hotels near the temple for food and accommodation.

The Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) built the Haritha Hotel near the Chilkur Temple, which has 1 A/C Suite, 3 A/C Rooms and a dormitory.

Nearby Attractions in Hyderabad:

  1. Salar Jung Museum
  2. Osman Sagar
  3. Charminar
  4. Jagadgiri Gutta
  5. Nehru Zoological Park
  6. Birla Mandir
  7. Jagannath Temple
  8. Mrugavani National Park
  9. Lumbini Park
  10. Karmanghat Hanuman Temple
  11. Golconda Fort
  12. Ratnalayam Temple
  13. Keesaragutta Temple

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1 comment:

  1. Very beautiful temple. Thanks for sharing this post. Present on the banks of the Osman Sagar, Chilkur Balaji Temple, Hyderabad is one of the most ancient Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Balaji. The unique features of this temple is that it does not accept any money from the devotees, there are no special access given to VIPs and is not under the government control. Check out more about Chilkur Balaji temple.


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