Temples, Shrines And Spiritual Places Across Telangana
Telangana is renowned for its rich heritage and grand history that has left its imprints across the state in the form of stunning temples famed for its breathtaking architecture and adorned with exquisite sculptures and carvings. Hyderabad is the capital and the largest city of the state of Telangana. Steeped in legends and divinity, a tour of famous temples of Telangana is an exciting way to discover the architecture and divinity that has stood the test of time.
There are several interesting legends associated with the Chilkur Balaji Temple. One of them is that completing 11 circumnavigations of the temple will help devotees fulfill all their wishes. Another rather strange belief is that praying at the temple helps people get a US visa. Strange though it may seem, this belief has given Lord Balaji the name of ‘Visa Balaji’! Hyderabad Birla Mandir is a resplendent temple created from white marble, dedicated to Lord Ventateshwara and offering exquisite views of the Hussain Sagar Lake.
Just as the name suggests, the Thousand Pillars Temple in Warangal features a thousand pillars, each one intricately carved and embellished with sculptures and motifs. A supreme instance of Kakatiya architecture, the temple also finds mention under UNESCO heritage sites. Another renowned place of worship is the Gnana Saraswathi Temple in Basar where devotees can offer prayers to the holy trinity of Goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Kali. The temple is believed to be most ideal for initiating small children to the world of learning through the ritual of Akshara Abyasam.
Believed to house the self-manifested idol of Lord Sri Ram, the Bhadrachalam Temple is a splendidly built structure that is also known as ‘Dakshina Ayodhya’. Dating back to the 11th century, Karmanghat Hanuman Temple is believed to be a haven for people searching for miraculous cures for critical illnesses. Imagine a temple that features a mythology-themed park. This is exactly what attracts devotees to the Surendrapuri Temple – a visual treat of art, architecture, carvings and sculptures, including a 101 feet high Shiva Linga.
Telangana is also blessed by the presence of numerous Buddhist monasteries, temples and caves dating back to ancient times. Dhulikatta village that finds mention in the works of ancient, Greek traveler Megasthenes is home to a Buddhist stupa that is over 2000 years old and adorned with numerous Buddhist symbols. Another famous Buddhist site in the state is Nelakondapalli that stretches across 100 acres and features viharas, stupas and idols dating back to the 3rd century.
The influence of Jainism in the state is evident from the glorious, 2000 year old Mahavira temple in Aler town that features the deities of Lord Neminatha, Lord Rishabhanatha and Lord Mahavira. Another prominent Jain center is Kolanupaka that prospered during the reign of Rashtrakutas. According to legends, the Manikyaswami deity at this Jain temple built from white marble originally belonged to Ravana’s wife Mandodari. The temple is also famed for its idols exquisitely crafted in jade.
Indulge in the serenity and divinity of these temples, marvel at the architectural brilliance and pay homage to the ancient, divine forces that have been blessing the land since times immemorial.