I had heard a lot about the Birla Mandirs that are located at many parts of the country. One such temple is also built in Hyderabad. So I headed towards this place as I was in Hyderabad now. This temple is devoted to the Hindu gods and goddesses. It is built on a hillock called Naubath Pahad which is 280 feet in height. The temple premise is spread over an area of 13 acres of land.
The construction of the Birla mandir was undertaken by Swami Ranganathananda who belonged to the Ramakrishna mission. It took a long time span of 10 years to finally complete this temple in the year 1976. The temple has acquired its present form under the Birla Foundation, which has built many temples of similar type all across India. All these temples are known as Birla Mandir.
The Birla mandir is a manifestation of various forms of architectures blended together, namely the Utkala, Rajasthani and Dravidian styles. The temple has been constructed out of 2000 tones of pure white marble rock. As I entered the temple premise I was awestruck by the beauty of this monument.
The statute of the presiding deity Lord Venkateswara is made of granite and is about 11 feet in height. A carved lotus on the top of the idol serves as an umbrella. There is also a 42 feet high flag staff in the temple premises. To keep the temple environment conducive for meditation there are no traditional bells in the temple.
The temple houses shrines of various Hindu gods and goddesses apart from Lord Venkateswara. It has separate shrines for Hanuman, Shiva, Shakti, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Brahma, Ganesha and Saibaba. The temple walls portray selected teachings of holy saints and sages and excerpts from Gurbani are also inscribed on the temple walls.
This temple is very easily accessible from all parts of the city via road transport. Several TSRTC buses and MMTS keep the Birla Mandir well connected. The Lakdi ka Pul is the nearest MMTS station from the temple. I had a very serene and spiritual experience from my visit to the Birla temple, which is a kaleidoscope of religious cultures.