Chilkur is a small yet scared village located some 30 km from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. This picturesque spot has become a famous pilgrimage as it is home to the Chilkur Balaji Temple. The temple is located on the banks of Osman Sagar Lake and attracts a big number of from all parts of the country. More so, it also features among the oldest temples in the state of Telangana.
The 500-year old Chilkur Balaji Temple has a charming architecture and it’s regarded as an alternative of Tirumala Temple. However Lord Balaji Venkateswara is the main deity of this popular temple, Sridevi and Bhoodevi too accompanying him here. As per legends, this temple was built buy a devotee who could not visit the legendary Tirupati temple due to healthy issues. That’s why, those unable to visit the said temple often come here and seek the blessings of Lord Venkateswara.
Interestingly, the Chilkur Balaji Temple is also known as “Visa Balaji Temple” as people believe that prayers here fulfil their wishes and help them get a visa for overseas. You won’t find any hundi or donation box at this temple which is rare and an admired aspect among devotees. Devotees to this temple offer “pradakshinas” and prayers to the deity and get their wishes fulfilled.