Chilkur Balaji Temple
Chilkur Balaji Temple is situated in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh State. It is an ancient temple draws huge public especially on saturday and sundays. The temple is well accessible by road. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Balaji or Venkateshwara. The unique feature of the temple is that there is no hundi or donation box for people to put their offerings. Temple generally publish a magazine `VAK' and sell the same to the public at a reasonable price. The priest of the temple make the people to recite Lord Venkateshwara name `Govinda' `Govinda'. Villagers from Chilkur generally sell the coconut outside the temple. They draw the women and children attention by selling bangles and toys just beside the temple.
It is believed that one who does pradakshinas or go around the temple for 11 time gets his or her wishes fulfilled. After getting wishes fulfilled, one has to do 111 pradakshinas around the temple. People pay a visit to Lord Hanuman and Shivaji temple after the darshan of Lord Venkateshwara or Balaji. Lord Shiva and Hanuman temple are just beside the Balaji temple. One can have a South Indian as well as North Indian tiffin outside the temple and relax. Photography inside the temple is strictly prohibited. In the month of September and October especially the Dassera festival people throng the temple to have blessing of Lord Balaji. They are good number of farm houses near the Balaji Temple and one can have a look at the Magnificient Gurukul (school) on the way to the temple. Water reservoir is also a place for attraction of tourists . Devotees generally go there after the darshan of Lord Balaji. It is ideally suited for picnic spot also.
Those who are unable to visit Lord Balaji or Venkateshwara Temple at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh can come down to Hyderabad and have a great darshan of Lord Balaji at Chilkur Village.
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