Visual Art On Walls To Historical Heritage: The Must Visit Temples Of Hyderabad

Sunaina posted on 04 May

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. 

Jagannath Temple

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. Find yourself in the company of youngsters {who cannot stop taking selfies} and visitors who make it a point to check out the visual art of Ramayana and more on the compound walls of the temple. Adjacent to the main shrine are the temples of Lord Shiva and Hanuman. Go here for a pleasant evening and be sure to walk out with a packet of prasad {a crispy savoury with a sweet flavour} that’s priced at INR 50.

Religious Establishments

Plot 1269, Road 12, Bhavani Nagar, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

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Sitaram Bagh Temple

Located near Mangalghat, Sitaram Bagh Temple is a 200-year-old temple that abounds in beauty. Although it attracts only a few visitors on regular days, the temple throngs with visitors during Rama Navami. Done in delicate white and complemented with red, the construction of this temple appears modern. Walk into the temple and you’ll discover a goshala, wells, and a huge bath area with ancient-looking dilapidated steps. This 25-acre temple holds many historical beauties and we think you should go here to explore the architecture, sculpture and art on the walls.

Religious Establishments

Mangalhat Road, Asif Nagar, Nampally, Hyderabad

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Birla Mandir

No travel tour is complete without a visit to Birla Mandir. Located in Khairatabad, this temple is built on a 280-feet high hill, making it visible from many areas of Hyderabad. This white marble temple is nearly 50 years old but is still seen in travel brochures or videos pertaining to Hyderabad tourism. 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. Go here on an evening, and come back through the lanes of Adarsh Nagar that sell bangles and fancy jewellery of all kinds.

Do note that mobile phones or cameras aren’t allowed into the temple.

Religious Establishments

Hill Fort Road, Ambedkar Colony, Khairatabad, Hyderabad

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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 Venkateshwara Swamy temple can be a long drive if you start early in the morning {which is what you should do if you want to avoid the traffic}. This 14th-century temple doesn’t believe in having a hundi or accepting any money from the visitors. If you’re interested in exploring the cultural heritage of one of the oldest temples of Hyderabad, you shouldn’t miss this. 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.

Religious Establishments

Chilkur Balaji Temple Road, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad

Peddamma Temple

Located on the main road of Jubilee Hills, this 150-year-old temple attracts devotees every day. Considered as a prominent landmark as well as a must-visit place in any Hyderabad city tour, this temple has a charm of its own. It is known for its Durga Puja celebrations which are celebrated with a lot of festivities and fanfare when the whole temple is beautifully decorated and lit up. We urge newbies and the ones who haven’t paid a visit to the temple yet to check out the celebrations for sure because every year there is a new theme of celebration that involves the avatar of Goddess Durga.

Religious Establishments

Road 55, CBI Colony, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

Film Nagar Daiva Sannidhanam

If you’re someone who watches Telugu cinema, you’re sure to spot this temple in several scenes. Located in the Film Nagar, Jubilee Hills, this temple is built from white marble. Although many movies are shot here, the temple is open for visitors from 6.30 am. However, it’s closed on the weekends, so you might want to pick a weekday if you’re visiting the temple. Along with the shrine of Venkateshwara Swamy, this temple also has the shrines for Lord Rama, Hanuman, Ganesh etc.

Religious Establishments

Road 38, Near Film Chamber, Film Nagar, Hyderabad

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Tadbund Hanuman Temple

Situated at the crossroads of Bowenpally and Sikh Village, this Hanuman temple is open for visitors from 4 am. As an ancient temple, it 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.

Religious Establishments

6-2, Kummarigutta, Sikh Village, Tar Bund, Bowenpally, New Bowenpally, Secunderabad, Telangana

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