Birla Mandir, Hyderabad
About Temple: Birla Mandir, Hyderabad is a Hindu temple, built on a 280 feet (85 m) high hillock called Naubath Pahad on a 13 acres (53,000 m2) plot. The construction took 10 years and was opened in 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. The temple was constructed by Birla Foundation, which has also constructed several similar temples across India, all of which are known as Birla Mandir. Address: Hill Fort Rd, Ambedkar Colony, Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana 500004 Construction started: 1966s Phone: 040 2345 0165 Completed: 1976s Architecture: blend of Dravidian, Rajasthani and Utkala architectures. It is constructed of 2000 tons of pure white marble. The granite idol of presiding deity Lord Venkateswara is about 11 ft (3.4 m) tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the top. How to Reach: Birla Mandir is well connected by TSRTC buses and MMTS. The nearest MMTS station is Lakdi ka pul. Bus No: 5K,5S,5 From Secunderabad to Mehadipatnam any bus no. 113 from Uppal to Mehadipatnam. Temple Timings: 7 am to 12 noon, 3 pm to 9 pm. Religious Places in Hyderabad: • Sanghi Temple – A temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara graces a promontory overlooking Sanghi Nagar, near Ramoji Film City. • Chilkur Balaji Temple – It is located at himayat nagar, west side of the Gandipet. It is a temple of Lord Venketeshwara. • Jagannath Temple – located near Banjara hills Road no.12 in Hyderabad. It is famous for its annual Rathyatra festival. • Ratnalayam Temple – located at Aliabad X Road, Shamirpet which is 26 km from Secunderabad Railway Station. The temple has replicas recreated in the form of Tirumala Lord Venkateswara. • Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple – Located 60 km from Hyderabad is the Hindu Temple of Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. • Wargal Saraswati Temple – Located 52 km from Hyderabad is a temple of Goddess Saraswati, the deity of education in Hinduism.