Birla Mandir, Hyderabad

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Mumbai (Prince of Whales Museum)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Mumbai / Prince of Whales Museum (courtesy: sonika-agarwal)

The city of Hyderabad has various interesting sightseeing places. One of the popular tourist spots in Hyderabad is Birla Mandir. There are various Birla Mandir which have been built all over the country. These have been constructed by the industrialists Birlas and are thus popularly known by the the family that undertook the task.

The temple has been built by combining three architectural designs namely South Indian architecture, Utkal temple architecture and Rajasthani architecture. The deity in these temples built by Birlas is Sri Venkateswara or Lord Lakshminarayana. The image of the main deity is made up of granite and is about 11 ft. tall which has a carved lotus around it.

Along with this, the temple has various beautiful carvings depicting tales from Indian mythology. Birla Mandir in Hyderabad also houses other deities such as Venkateswara, ‘Padmavati’ and ‘Andal’ in separate shrines. In the same complex, there is a temple for Lord Buddha as well.

Along with glorious glimpses of various Hindu deities, the temple also offers its visitors with mesmerizing view of the Hussain Sagar Lake as well as of the Lumbini Park. One can visit the temple between 7am and 12 noon and between 3pm and 9pm.

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