Hyderabad – a city known for its historical significance isn’t one to be left behind when it comes to temples. From temples known for doubling your luck when it comes to visa approvals to centuries-old grandeur, we have a good spread of structures and shrines where you can score some inner sanctum. We say – bundle up your fam or BFFs and go on a darshan.
Spiritual & Calming: These Famous Temples In Hyderabad Are A Must-Visit
Located in Banjara Hills, this awe-inspiring temple is a fairly modern construction built in 2009. Known to attract thousands of visitors during the Ratha Yatra, this temple can swoop you in its charm on those festive evenings. Adjacent to the main shrine are the temples of Lord Shiva and Hanuman. Go here for a pleasant evening, gawk at the visual art of Ramayana on the wall and be sure to walk out with a packet of prasad (a crispy savoury with a sweet flavour) that’s priced at INR 50.
Timings: 6 am - 12 pm, 5 pm - 10 pm
Sitaram Bagh Temple
Located near Mangalghat, Sitaram Bagh Temple is a 200-year-old temple that abounds in beauty. Not so crowded on usual days, the temple throngs with visitors during Rama Navami. Walk into the temple and you’ll discover a goshala, wells, and a huge bath area with ancient stepwells.
Timings: 6 am - 11 pm, 4 pm - 8 pm
Located in Khairatabad, Birla Mandir is built on a 280-feet high hill, making it visible from many areas of Hyderabad. It is said that the architecture of the temple is a fine blend of Dravidian, Rajasthani, and Utkala style and took almost 10 years to complete the construction. Apart from the main shrine – Lord Venkateshwara – it also has shrines for Lord Shiva, Sai Baba, Hanuman, Lakshmi Devi etc.
Do note that mobile phones or cameras aren’t allowed into the temple.
Timings: 7 am - 12 pm, 3 pm - 9 pm
Chilkur Balaji Temple
Popularly regarded as the Visa Balaji, Chilkur is an obvious destination for students and youngsters who are awaiting their visa approval. Located in Gandipet, a drive to this 14th-century Venkateshwara Swamy temple can be a long drive. Foodies, you should try out the meals or the tiffins in the restaurants outside the temple. We loved our dosa and pulihora (tamarind flavoured rice) to the bits.
Timings: 5 am - 8 pm
Located on the main road of Jubilee Hills, this 150-year-old temple attracts devotees every day. It is known for its Bonalu and Bathukamma celebrations which are celebrated with a lot of festivities and fanfare when the whole temple is beautifully decorated and lit up.
Timings: Open 24 hours.
Film Nagar Daiva Sannidhanam
Located in the Film Nagar, Jubilee Hills, this temple is built from white marble. Along with the shrine of Venkateshwara Swamy, this temple also has the shrines for Lord Rama, Hanuman, Ganesh etc, and you will notice the calming vibe of this temple. Clean and beautifully built, you might have spotted this in many Telugu movies.
Timings: 6 am - 12 pm, 4 pm - 8 pm
Tadbund Hanuman Temple
Situated at the crossroads of Bowenpally and Sikh Village, this ancient temple is popular for its sculpture and construction. Known for its Hanuman Jayanthi celebrations that take place with gusto and fanfare, it attracts hundreds of thousands of Hanuman devotees. These celebrations are something you wouldn’t want to miss out on.
Timings: 4 am - 12 pm, 4pm - 9 pm