Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara of Tirumala Tirupati Temple. This temple located on the hilltop of 280 feet, called Naubath Pahad in Hyderabad city of Telangana State. The temple was constructed by Birla Foundation and was opened in 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. It took 10 years to build the temple. The temple architecture is a combination of Dravidian, Rajasthani and Oriya style.
Hyderabad Birla Mandir Architecture
The temple spread an area of 13 acres and constructed of nearly 2000 tons of pure white marble which were brought from Rajasthan. The 11 feet tall idol of presiding deity Lord Venkateswara is made of granite and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the top in the Oriya Style. The brass made flagstaff of the temple has a height of 42 feet. The Gopuram (or the temple tower) resembles features of Dravidian architecture. The Jagadananda Vimanam built atop the sanctum sanctorum resembles the Oriya style of temple architecture. Swami Ranganathananda wish was that the temple atmosphere should be ideal place for meditation. For that the temple does not have any traditional bells.
Shrines of the Hyderabad Birla Mandir
The temple main Shrine is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara where separate shrines are there to his consorts Padmavati and Andal. Separate shrines are there for others gods and goddess, namely, Shiva, Shakti, Ganesh, Saraswati, Lakshmi , Brahma and Hanuman. Temples of Buddha and Sai Baba are also situated inside the temple. Different lessons of respected saints and Gurbani are engraved on walls of the temple.
Hyderabad Birla Mandir Temple Timings
The temple remains open from 07:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Morning and 02:00 PM to 09:00 PM in the evening.
How to reach the Hyderabad Birla Mandir
The nearest airport is the Hyderabad Airport. The distance from the temple is about 28 KMs.
The nearest railway station is the Nampally Railway Station. The distance from the temple is about 12.7 KMs. One can hire taxi or take bus to reach the temple.
The nearest bus station is Mahatma Gandhi Bus Stop. Regular Buses are available on this route.