Birla Mandir is a beautiful modern temple
overlooking the south end of
in Hyderabad . It
provides an excellent view over the city from the summit.
This magnificent structure built entirely out of marble from Rajasthan , stands atop the Kala Pahad, the twin hillock of Naubat Pahad. Built by Birla foundation over a span of ten years, the main temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara.
A Blend Of Orissan & South Indian Temple Art
A Rajagopuram built in the South Indian style greets the visitors. The tower over the main shrine of Venkateswara called the "Jagadananda Vimanam" is built in the Orissan style, while the towers over the shrines of the consorts are built in the South Indian style. Thus Birla Mandir displays a mixture of architectural styles.
The granite image of the presiding deity is about 11ft tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella for this image. There are several carvings in marble, in the adjoining 'Mukha Mandapam' - depicting scenes from Indian mythology. The brass flagstaff rises to a height of 42ft. The consorts of Venkateswara, 'Padmavati' and 'Andal' are housed in separate shrines.
The Birla Mandir presents an arresting sight when illuminated in the evening. The Birla temple is open for visitors from 7.00 am to 12.00 am and 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm on all days of the week.
Hyderabad is well connected by Air, Rail and Road with all the important places within and outside the state. For City transportation, City buses, Taxis and Autorickshaws are available.
Accommodation is available at all hotels in Hyderabad.