Chilkur Balaji Temple, Chilkur, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
About Chilkur Balaji Temple
The Balaji Temple is located at Chilkur in the Hyderabad district. It is 33
Kms away from Mehedipatnam. Approximately 75,000 to 1,00,000 devotees visit in a
week. Generally temple gets heavy rush on Fridays and Sundays.
The temple at Chilkur is managed by the hereditary trustee Sri M.V. Soundara
Rajan and Sri C.S. Gopala Krishna. The entire family of the archaka, including
the women are dedicated themselves to serve the God.
The Balaji Temple is located at Chilkur in the Hyderabad district. Twenty
Five kilometers from Hyderabad off the Vikarabad road and on the banks of
Osmansagar is the picturesque village of Chikur with its hoary temple dedicated
to Sri Balaji Venkateshwara. Approximately 75,000 to 1,00,000 devotees visit in a
week. Generally temple gets heavy rush on Fridays and Sundays. The temple at
Chilkur is managed by the hereditary trustee Sri M.V. Soundara Rajan and Sri C.S.
Gopala Krishna. The entire family of the archaka, including the women are
dedicated themselves to serve the God.
The temple is one of the oldest in Telengana, having been built during the
time of Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramdas. According to
tradition, a devotee who used to visit Tirupati every year could not do so on
one occasion owing to serious ill-health. Lord Venkateshwara appeared in his
dream and said, "I am right here in the jungle nearby. You don't have to worry."
The devotee at once moved to the place indicated by the Lord in the dream and
saw a mole- hill there, which he dug up. Accidentally, the axe struck Lord
Balaji's idol covered by the mole-hill below the chin and on the chest, and
surprisingly blood started flowing profusely from the "wounds", flooding the
ground and turning it scarlet. The devotee could not believe his eyes when he
saw this. Suddenly he could not believe his ears also when he heard a voice from
the air which said,"Flood the mole-hill with cow's milk. "When the devotee did
so, a Swayambhu idol of Lord Balaji accompanied by Sridevi and Bhoodevi (a rare
combination) was found, and this idol was installed with the due rites and a
temple built for it.
Sri Balaji venkateshwara, the Pratyaksha Daiva in kaliyuga, is thus available
at Chilkur to shower blessings on His devotees who for any reason are unable to
go to Tirupati. Many devout worshippers flock to the temple, to receive the
blessings of the Lord and his consorts throughout the year particularly during
the Poolangi, Annakota and Brahmothsavams
With the earnest desire to revive the former glory and importance of the
temple, the idol of Ammavaru was installed in 1963 the year following the
Chinese aggression, and when the aggression was unilaterally vacated, Ammavaru
was given the name of Rajya Lakshmi, signifying this welcome event. The unique
feature of this idol is that lotus flowers are held in three hands and the
fourth hand is in such a position towards the lotus feet which signifies the
doctrine of Saranagathi.
The temple has been visited by great Acharyas from time to time. A visit to
the temple is a must for the Jeer of Sri Ahobila Mutt every time he visits the
twin cities, and in the temple is installed the idol of the first Jeer. The
Tilakayaths of Sri Vallabhacharya Sampradaya have been regularly visiting the
shrine. Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Sringeri Mutt and his disciple graced the
efforts of the trustees in improving the temple.
How to reach Chilkur Balaji Temple
- Bus: Number of city buses availiable from Hyderabad.
- Rail: Nearest railwaystation Hyderabad connected with all cities.
- Air: Nearest Airport Hyderabad.