Hyderabad reflects a synthesis of varied cultures. It
presents a beautiful blend of the northern and southern
styles of architecture. One such marvelous edifice is
the Birla Mandir. An enchanting temple dedicated to Lord
Venkateswara, the Birla Mandir stands in all its grandeur
on the hilltop of Kalapahad. Made of pure white marble
from Rajasthan, the Birla Mandir overlooks the serene
and placid waters of the Hussain Sagar lake. The magnificent
shrine offers a fantastic panoramic view of the twin
cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The intricate carvings
of the temple, the ceiling and the mythological figures
are a standing testimony to the dexterity and sculptural
excellence of the craftsmen. Beautiful scenes from the
great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata are finely sculpted
number of lofty steps lead the visitor to the sanctum
sanctorum. Along the winding path are many a marble
statue of gods and goddesses of Hindu mythology located
in the midst of verdant gardens, full of blossoms.
The Birla Mandir presents a colorful spectacular sight
when illuminated at night.
The temple is open for visitors
7 a.m. to 12 noon
3 p.m. to 9 p.m. all days
of the week.