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Chilkur Balaji
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Chilkur Balaji ( Lord Venkateswara swamy) Temple is a HINDU temple which has acquired a special name "Visa Balaji Temple” given by ardent devotees.  Chilukur Balaji is an ancient temple of Lord Balaji and it is situated near Osman Sagar in Hyderabad, Telangana state, India. It is one of the oldest temples in Hyderabad built during the time of Madanna and Akkanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramadas , a staunch devotee of 16 th century. The pilgrims and devotees visiting Lord Balaji of Chilukuru firmly believe that the aspirants who try to go abroad would get divine blessings of Lord Balaji in procuring VISA and hence the name Visa Balaji has come to be a permanent sobriquet of the deity. This temple is about 20km from Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad. This is one of the special temples in India with no green channel or privileges for VIPs.

Chilkur Balaji

Chilkur Balaji temple has a pleasing architecture too. It is said that this temple was built more than half a millennium ago. Built almost five hundred years ago, the temple is being considered as an alternative of Tirumala temple. The main deity of the temple Lord Balaji or Venkateswara Swamy is accompanied by His divine consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi.

There is a legend behind the construction of this temple. According to the tales, the temple was built by a devotee who was a regular visitor of God at Tirupati and he was compelled to abstain to go there due to his continuously deteriorating health. The devotee became almost crestfallen, with no hope of visiting the Lord at Tirupati in his lifetime and got deeply lost in inexplicable despair.

Moved by his unflinching devotion, Lord Venkateshwara appeared to him in his dream and instructed him to find the idol of the Lord himself together with Sridevi and Bhoodevi and build a temple at Chilukuru . The devotee complied with the divine orders faithfully with utmost sincerity. Since then, the devotees from the neighbouring places who cannot afford to go to Tirupati frequently began to visit & seek the blessings of the Lord Shri Balaji Venkateshwara Swamy at Chilukuru. During the course of time, the temple at Chilukuru has begun to gain a special fame of its own.

Chilkur Balaji temple is also visited by many great spiritual and religious gurus. To name a few, Chilkuru  Balaji temple is often visited by Jeer of Sri Ahobila Mutt, Tilakayaths of Shri Vallabhacharya Sampradaya, Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Sringeri Mutt and many celebrated saints.

Chilkur Balaji Traditional System:

Devotees will do 11 circumambulations of the inner shrine with praying and presenting before God their wishes/desires to be fulfilled. Once the wishes of devotees are fulfilled the same devotees would once again visit temple and make 108 revolutions around the temple as a gesture of gratitude and redoubled devotion. The 11 circumambulations represent the secret "1 soul and 1 body” uniting both with devotion.  In the 108 circumambulations, 1 represents the existence of Single Almighty (Paramathma, Balaji in the minds of the devotee), 0 represents Creation (Illusionary World, Jagath) and 8 represents the total number of directions (4 sides + 4 corners) in a compass. In addition to this, there is special significance to the number 108 in Hindu mythology. There are 108 Puranas and 108 Upanishads which hold the essentials of divine universal constitution of life. In Indian astrology, there are 12 houses for movements of 9 planets. 12 times 9 is 108. There are said to be 108  gopikas ( female devotees ) of Lord Krishna who is the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. The number 108 is regarded as sacred by Hindus; the total number of beads in a rosary is 108 which is used to chant and recite mentally the name of the God. It is symbolic of making 108 revolutions around the temple to express one’s devotion/gratitude and also wash off the repercussions of one’s sinful deeds in the present life as well as previous birth.

At Chilkur Balaji  It’s Not About Money:

The temple has also earned an exclusive special fame for not accepting any money from the devotees, unlike at almost all religious places in India. You won’t see any Hundi boxes, a.k.a. donation boxes, in the temple, or there are no paid tickets or VIP lines to get quick access to the deity/God. Everyone is considered equal, irrespective of caste, social status, opulence. Everyone is expected to move in the same queue, wait for his/her turn  for visiting the deity.  The concept of VIP treatment is totally banished and has never been in practice.  Non-acceptance of donations from devotees and absence of VIP treatment to individuals of special status make the temple unique and exclusively special. It is an amazing temple that continues to grow in popularity exponentially.

Chilkur balaji temple circulates a monthly magazine “Vak” which means Speech (Of GOD), nominally priced at Rs 5.00 only.

Chilkur Balaji Temple Darshan Timings:

Chilkur Balaji temple darshan timings are from 5 in morning to 8 in night. It is open throughout the week.

Remedies:

Vishnu Sahasranama was first composed & recited by Bhishma, a great warrior in the battle of Kurukshetra in the great Hindu epic, Mahabharatha  when he was on his deathbed. Vishnu Sahasranama means thousand names of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna went to see Bhishma in Kurukshetra because he was about to breathe his last is deathbed, having fought valiantly in the capacity of the supreme commander of the major group of warring soldiers. When Bhishma had darshan of Lord Krishna, he started reciting Vishnu Sahasranama immediately. Bhishma started reciting Vishnu Sahasranama in the order he saw Lord's form continuously and successively.

If confers all the mundane transcendental blessings to the person who chants it. This is a series of 1000 names/Sahasranamas of  Lord Vishnu who is believed to have taken up the Avatar of Lord Venkateshwara in the present era called Kalyug  . The sacred series of 1000 names of Lord Vishnu has been regarded as the most cardinal and important because right from Sankaracharya there are so many great sages and saints who have recited and left individual commentaries in the form of codices as legacy / heritage to the forthcoming generations. Even today, it continues to be recited by devotees with the fervor and devotion in all of the temples of Lord Vishnu.

The chanting of following names of Lord Vishnu with a mind obsessed with God’s presence is believed to help devotees in overcoming the obstacles in their daily life.

Best Time To Visit Chilkur Balaji Temple:

The time from March to June is extremely hot with temperature going beyond 40 degree Celsius followed by rains till October which are irregular but add humidity and dampness to the weather. It is best to visit Telangana between October to December as weather is most visitor-friendly during this period. When visiting Chilkur Balaji, avoid visiting the temple during weekends as the temple gets overcrowded with devotees coming in huge numbers to perform pradakshinas(revolutions)round the temple and the queues would be much lengthy.

How To Reach Chilkur Balaji Temple:

By Air:

 Shamshbad Airport (Rajeev Gandhi International Airport) is  the nearest airport which is  20 kilometers away from Chilkuru. Vehicles of public transport run by state government, taxies / cabs are available from there to reach Chilkuru.

By Train:

Himayat Nagar Railway Station Junction is less than a kilometre from Chilkuru. The station is also connected to different places within the state.

By Road:

TSRTC runs buses from the major cities connecting Mehdipatnam, which is the nearest bus stand. The bus service is frequent, with a local bus available in every 15 minutes. There are connecting buses from there to Chilkuru. From the main city of Hyderabad, Chilkuru is 42 kilometers away; it takes nearly an hour and a half to reach the temple. Chilkuru  is 83kms from Bangalore and can be reached by the Bangalore Hyderabad highway.

Chilkur Balaji

Where To Stay:

There are varieties of options to choose from, from the luxurious multi star hotels to the small inns with pocket-friendly tariffs. Gachibowli has a whole lot of hotels, even if you go without prior reservation, you are sure to get accommodation comfortably during lean season.

Places Near Chilkuru Balaji Temple:

  1. Golkonda Fort:…………………………………………...11.3 km
  2. Nehru Zoological Park:………………………………16.1 km
  3. Peddamma Temple:…………………………………....13.9 km
  4. Shilparamam Cultural Society:…………………...13.6 km
  5. Inorbit Mall:…………………….......................................11.5 km
  6. Qutab Shahi Tombs:……………………………….......11.2 km
  7. KBR National Park:…………………………………….13.9 km
  8. Ocean Park India:……………………………………….. 4.8 km
  9. GVK One Mall:…………………………………………….13.6 km
  10. Gandipet Lake:……………………………………………..5.0 km
  11. Osman Sagar Lake:…………………………………………….11.4 km

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