Birla Mandir is a temple of Lord Venkateswara, known as Balaji. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Hyderabad. The temple is open for every religious people. There is a brass memorial welcoming for everyone at the very entrance of the temple.
Raja Baldev Birla had built the Birla Mandir in the year 1938; the temple was inaugurated by father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. There is a very interesting story based on inauguration of temple, at that point of time, there was a social evil of Untouchability in the society and was in a peak level, so there is a need of eliminating it. Permissions are not given to anybody for entering into the premises of the temples. Gandhiji had passed a condition that if everyone in the society is allowed into the temple and offer their prayers then he would inaugurate the temple. Then onward everyone in the society was allowed into the temple.
Birla Mandir is located on top of the “kala pahad”, which is one of the Naubat Pahad twins and the integration Oriya and South Indian style makes it unique from other temples in India. Speaking about the South Indian style, there is a Rajagopuram at the entrance to greet you as soon as you enter the temple. Lord Venkateshwara is main God in the temple; the tower over this main God reaches a height of 165 feet whereas the towers over the Venkateshwara’s consorts, Padmavati and Andal reach a height of 116 feet. The sculptures resembling scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata are awesome.
Lord Shiva and Durga, Lord Buddha are also placed in this temple. Beautiful Fresco paintings on the walls of this temple make temple more attractive. An artificial landscape with mountains and waterfalls has been the memorisable beauty spot which is at the end of the temple.
Being located near assembly, the temple offers an additional attraction as it shows great views of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. When temple is lighted in the night, that particular scene will never ever be forgetted in your life.
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