Chilkur Balaji Temple
Hyderabad has no dearth of temples but one temple that really stands out is the Chilkur Balaji temple. It is the only temple in India that does not accept monetary offerings from devotees nor does it have a hundi. Most importantly, it does not mete out special privileges to VVIPS.
Famously known as the ‘VISA’ God, the temple is a popular haunt for those aspiring to go abroad and hoping to get their visas.The temple is located in Chilkur village near Gandipet and is more than 500 years old. It is believed that the temple was built during the time of Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramdas.
Thousands of devotees throng the temple every year and usually those who cannot make the pilgrimage to the Tirupati temple come here for Lord Venkateshwara Swamy’s darshan. The usual tradition here is that one circles the temple 11 times (pradakshanas) and makes a wish. When the wish is fulfilled they come back and walk around the temple a 108 times.