Chilkur Balaji Temple | History, Timings & Address

Chilkur Balaji temple is in a beautiful village, Chilkur, 42 km from Hyderabad, on Osman Sagar Lake. The temple morning timings are 06:00 am to 01:00 pm, and the evening timings are 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm.

The Temple’s main deity is Lord Sri Balaji Venkateswara and Sridevi Bhoodevi, a rare combination. Every week, nearly 1 Lakh devotee visits the temple and more visit on weekends. This Temple is one of the oldest temples in Telangana, built a half-millennium ago, i.e. almost 500 years ago.

History of Chilkur Balaji Temple:

Chilkur Balaji Temple

A devotee visits Tirupati for Lord Venkateswara Swamy’s darshan every year but can’t visit Tirupati because of his illness. Lord Venkateswara, moved by his devotion, appeared in his dreams and instructed him to find his idol and construct the Temple.

As indicated by Lord Venkateswara, the devotee found a molehill. He started digging the hill, and the axe struck Lord Balaji’s chin and chest, and the blood flowed. The devotee was surprised and shocked by seeing the ground with blood.

Then he heard a voice saying, “Flood the mole with cow’s milk”. The devotee did so, and the Swayambu Idol of Lord Balaji with Sridevi and Bhoodevi was founded; the devotee then built the Temple.

Chilkur Balaji Temple Timings:

The temple morning timings are 06:00 am to 01:00 pm, and the evening timings are 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm.

DaysMorning TimingsEvening Timings
Monday06:00 am to 01:00 pm04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Tuesday06:00 am to 01:00 pm04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Wednesday06:00 am to 01:00 pm04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Thursday06:00 am to 01:00 pm04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Friday06:00 am to 01:00 pm04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Saturday06:00 am to 01:00 pm04:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Sunday06:00 am to 01:00 pm04:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Rituals at Chilkur Balaji Temple:

The Temple was built during the reign of Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramdas. Many people who cannot visit Tirupati come here for Chilkur Balaji Darshan. The Balaji is famous as Visa God or Visa Balaji Temple. Many devotees come and pray here to get visas.

In the Chilkur temple, devotees follow a pattern for praying. They pray for a wish with 11 pradakshinas to Lord Balaji; after the desire is fulfilled, they perform 108 pradakshinas to show gratitude.

11 means “1 body and one soul”, 108 means “1 as the existence of almighty, 0 as creation and eight as the time taken by the human body to come into the Universe”. The devotees do the rounds with chantings and mantras. The highly educated priests talk live by motivating the devotees in English and Telugu.

Chilkur Balaji Temple Sevas:

Chilkur Balaji Temple offers various sevas for devotees. Some of the commonly performed sevas at Chilkur Balaji Temple include:

  • Suprabhata Seva
  • Archana Seva
  • Sahasranama Archana
  • Abhishekam
  • Astottara Seva
  • Nitya Kalyanam
  • Rahu Ketu Puja
  • Pradosha Puja
  • Karthika Masam Puja

Chilkur Balaji Temple Dress Code:

Chilkur Temple does not enforce a strict dress code but recommends dressing modestly and respectfully when visiting the Temple. 

Devotees are encouraged to wear traditional attire or clothing that covers the shoulders and knees as a mark of reverence. It is advisable to avoid wearing revealing or inappropriate clothing to show respect toward the Temple’s deity and sanctity.

Tourist places near Chilkur Balaji Temple:

Hotels nearby Chilkur Balaji Temple:

  • Lemon Tree Hotel
  • Ellaa Hotel
  • Sheraton Hyderabad
  • Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli
  • Art Boutique Hotel
  • Bloom Hotel
  • The Peerless Inn Hyderabad
  • Hill Ridge Springs
  • Siliconville

Chilkur Balaji Temple Contact Details:

  • Address: Chilkur Balaji Temple Rd, Chilkur Village, Hyderabad, Telangana 500075
  • Contact Number: 84172 35933

How to Reach Chilkur Balaji Temple:

By Air:

The Temple is about 20 km from the Shamshabad International Airport. Various buses and taxis are available to reach the Temple.

By Train:

The Himayat Nagar Railway station junction is the Temple’s nearest railway station. The station is connected to many regions within the state.

By Bus:

TSRTC buses are available from Hyderabad Bus Station. From Mehdipatnam, buses are available every 10 minutes.   


Are 108 rounds allowed in Chilkur Balaji Temple?

They offer 11 “pradakshinas” and their prayers to the deity. Once granted the wish, they took 108 pradakshinas from the Temple to show gratitude and thank God.

Are phones allowed inside Chilkur Temple?

Mobile phones and video cameras are not allowed on the temple premises, and there is a facility to keep them in safe custody.

Which Temple is famous for the visa?

Chilkur Temple, Hyderabad, is situated on the banks of the Osman Sagar Lake in Telangana; this 17th-century Temple is fondly known as the ‘Visa Balaji Temple.’

Why is Chilkur Balaji called visa Balaji?

Once fulfilled the wish, devotees walked 108 times around the sanctum sanctorum. The majority of wishes by devotees are visa-related. Thus Chilkur Balaji is also called as ‘Visa’ Balaji.

Can we go to the Temple wearing jeans?

In general, temples discourage denim—no short shorts and miniskirts for the ladies.

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