Hyderabad has various famous temples due to its culturally rich heritage and history. It reflects a distinct facet of the city. Despite being ruled by Nizams for centuries this city has the immense presence of Hinduism. The otherworldly aura, the magical incense in the air, the continuous godly chants not only calms the mind but also teaches the importance of meditation to people of various age groups. The architecture of the temples in Hyderabad compels everyone to visit it at least once.
During famous religious festivals, the temples in Hyderabad are flocked by the devotees and tourists from all across the globe. One must visit the below-listed temples if present in the city amid some festivity. These places keep us grounded in our roots and make us believe that humanity is the biggest religion.
11 Temples in Hyderabad to Make a Visit
1. Jagannath Temple
Jagannath is referred to as Lord of the Universe. The Odia community of the city of Hyderabad has built the modern Jagannath temple dedicating it to the Hindu God Jagannath. It is said to be a replica of the Jagannath temple in Puri, West Bengal.
This temple is very famous for its annual Rathyatra festival swarmed by thousands of devotees. The temple in the centre of the city is a recent construction in the year of 2009. This contemporary Indian temple is considered as a sacred site for the celebration of various festivals in the city
- Address: Banjara Hills
- Timings: All days of the week -6:00 AM to 11:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
2. Birla Mandir
This 200 ft high glistening white structure of Birla Mandir was built in 19th century by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. This place is located towards the southern end of Hussain Sagar Lake in the city. Situated on top of the Kala Pahad the monument dots the skyline of Hyderabad.
Built on a 13-acre plot the main attraction of the temple is the 11 feet tall granite idol of deity Lord Venkateswara with a carved lotus forming an umbrella on the top. Interestingly the temple does not showcase traditional bells to keep the temple atmosphere and nearby surroundings conducive to meditation.
- Address: Hill Fort Rd, Ambedkar Colony, Khairatabad
- Timings: All days of the week -7:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
3. ISKCON Temple
The magnificent Sri Sri Radha-Madana-Mohana temple was inaugurated by Swami Prabhupada. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and bhajans are enchanted throughout mornings and evenings. The cultural, educational, spiritual, and social activities here calms and uplifts the lives of people.
There is a constant chant of the holy names making the atmosphere very soothing. People visit for daily deity worship. Daily classes in Sanskrit, Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita, and the Upanisads are held in the temple. The temple consists of a Vedic library and cassette library.
When it comes to contribution to the society ISKCON Hyderabad has regular free nutritional food distribution program
- Address: Hare Krishna Land, Nampally Station Road, Abids
- Timings: All days of the week -4:30 AM to 8:30 PM
4. Chilkur Balaji Temple
This divine place is popularly known as ‘Visa Balaji Temple’. Situated on the banks of Osman Sagar this temple is dedicated to Lord Balaji. The timezone takes us to the period of Madanna and Akkanna during which the temple was built.
This temple claims not to accept any money from devotees visiting. This temple doesn’t have any green channel or extra privileges for VIP’s making it a special one. One of the similar kinds of the temple is located in Virpur (Rajkot), by the name of Jalabram temple. Located at a distance of 30 km from the main city this temple has a very pleasing architecture.
- Address: Chilkur Balaji Temple Rd, Himayat Nagar
- Timings: All days of the week -6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
5. Kesari Hanuman Temple
This temple is a very famous one dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Located on the banks of sacred Musi River in Jiyaguda this divine place was constructed by Samartha Ramdas Swami, the Guru of Chhatrapati Shivaji.
As per Hindu mythology, it is believed that during ancient times in Ramayana period, Lord Hanuman visited this place and performed Lord Rama Puja in search of Goddess Sita. This is a 300-year-old temple. Sri Ram Navami and Sri Hanuman Jayanti are celebrated on a very big scale here with various devotees swarming in for large numbers.
- Address: Panchbai Alwa, Karwan Sahu, Karwan East
- Timings: All days of the week except Sunday -6:30 AM to 8:00 PM
6. Sanghi Temple
Located on the top of the hillock Paramanand Giri hill at Sanghi Nagar this temple is at a distance of 35 km from Hyderabad city. Since its inception in the year of 1991, this temple attracts devotees from all across the globe. This temple is managed by the famous industrialist – Sanghi Group. This temple captivates everyone with its architectural beauty in the style of Chola-Chalukya.
The increased popularity of this place can be owed to various movie shoots which happens here. Along with the main deity of Lord Venkateshwara, one can find various other Hindu Gods here. The idol of the main deity is said to be the replica of the one in Tirumala.
- Address: Omerkhan Daira
- Timings: All days of the week -9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
7. Balkampet Yellamma Temple
This is among the most revered temples of Hyderabad. It is thronged with a heavy crowd on Sundays and Tuesdays and is infamous for the annual Bonalu Jathara festival. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Yellamma which means ‘mother of the universe’. Devotees from across the globe offer animal sacrifice here. The most important event here is the celestial marriage ceremony of the temple goddess, Yellamma Kalyanotsavam.
The temple’s establishment can be dated back to 15th Century AD. The idol of the goddess is 10 feet lower than the ground level. The devotees believe that the holy water from the well known as Theertham can cure all sorts of ailment.
- Address: Balkampet Road, Balkampet
- Timings: All days of the week -6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
8. Peddamma Gudi Temple
The word ‘Peddamma’ consists of two words Pedda and Amma, which means ‘Mother of Mothers’ or ‘The Supreme Mother’. Devotees must visit this temple during the Bonaalu festival which happens in June–July every year.
The Mother is known to bestow her devotees with blessings who offer prayers to her. The two major events of this goddess namely Mahotsavam and Rathotsavam happen in February every year.
- Address: Jubilee Hills, Jagadish Nagar, Begumpet
- Timings: All days of the week -6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
9. Ashtalakshmi Temple
The alluring design and architecture of this temple are inspired by South India. There are about134 vigrahams (idols) of lesser-known gods. This temple is dedicated to the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi for as she brings prosperity and happiness as well as salvation.
It is a pleasant and peaceful temple worth visiting for all travellers. The temple was made open to the public in the year 1996 under the guidance of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.
What makes this temple a must visit is the fact that there are very few temples in India where Goddess Lakshmi is seen in her eight splendorous forms.
- Address: Vasavi Colony, Ramakrishnapuram, Kothapet
- Timings: All days of the week -6:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
10. Keesara Gutta Ramalingeswara Devasthanam
This temple located in the Keesara village is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated on the top of a hill in the Rangareddy district. This temple attracts a huge number of devotees every day. It is very known for its great architectural which makes it an ideal place to be visited for a weekend trip.It is about 30 km from Hyderabad and. The temple attracts lakhs of devotees during Shivaratri and Karthika Masam.
- Address: Keesara Gutta
- Timings: All days of the week -6:00 AM to 7:30 PM
11. Sitaram Bagh Temple
This temple was built by Seth Puranmal Ganeriwala. Spread over a land of 25 acres this place is classified as a heritage building by INTACH. It is a 180-year-old temple with beautiful architecture built in traditional South Indian style.
- Address: Mangalhat Road, Nampally
- Timings: All days of the week -5:30 AM to 11:30 PM, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Visit these ancient temples can enrich the experience of the devotees while giving them a glimpse into the history of Hindu mythology. Please let us know your visit to these temples and also if we may have missed any, in the comments section below.