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Chilkur Balaji Temple : The Visa Balaji !

If you are having trouble in getting US Visa, Chilkur Balaji Temple is your place.Famous for clearing US Visa, the Lord Balaji temple is situated on the banks of Osman Sagar lake near Hyderabad.Chilkur Balaji temple first gained its reputation in the 1980s when a group of software engineering students claimed to have received visas to US after visiting the shrine.

Popularly known as ‘Visa Balaji Temple’, it is one of the oldest temples in the region.It has over 75,000 to a lakh devotees paying a visit every week, with a major rush on Fridays and Sundays.

This temple has no hundi and neither accepts any money from devotees.. This is one of the special Temples in India with no green channel or privileges for VIP’s

Mythological Story behind the temple

The temple is one of the oldest in Telengana, having been built during the time of Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramdas. According to tradition, a devotee who used to visit Tirupati every year could not do so on one occasion owing to serious ill-health. Lord Venkateshwara appeared in his dream and said, “I am right here in the jungle nearby. You don’t have to worry.” The devotee at once moved to the place indicated by the Lord in the dream and saw a mole- hill there, which he dug up. Accidentally, the axe struck Lord Balaji’s idol covered by the mole-hill below the chin and on the chest, and surprisingly blood started flowing profusely from the “wounds”, flooding the ground and turning it scarlet. The devotee could not believe his eyes when he saw this. Suddenly he could not believe his ears also when he heard a voice from the air which said,”Flood the mole-hill with cow’s milk. “When the devotee did so, a Swayambhu idol of Lord Balaji accompanied by Sridevi and Bhoodevi(a rare combination) was found, and this idol was installed with the due rites and a temple built for it.

Sri Balaji venkateshwara, the Pratyaksha Daiva in kaliyuga, is thus available at Chilkur to shower blessings on His devotees who for any reason are unable to go to Tirupati. Many devout worshippers flock to the temple, to receive the blessings of the Lord and his consorts throughout the year particularly during the Poolangi, Annakota and Brahmothsavams

Personal Note:

Though I never went for Visa but some Middle Class Goodies i do got whenever i visited this temple !

How to reach Chilkur Bala ji

Just reach Mehdipatnam by cab/Airport Pushpak service from airport and then from there TSRTC buses will be available with a frequency of 10-20 mins each