The Birla Mandir in Hyderabad is dedicated to the supreme incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Kaliyug viz., Lord Venkateshwara. This temple’s marvellous beauty leaves you awestruck as does the legend associated with the God. A blend of various types of architectural styles, this temple is made of 200 tonnes of pure white Rajasthani marble. Built on a 280 ft high hill or the Naovadh Pahad and constructed with a skilful blend of South Indian, Utkala and Rajasthani architecture, this temple took 10 years to get completed.
The idol of Lord Venkateshwara is 11 feet tall and a carved out lotus canopy above it adds to its beauty. The idol is sculpted in a typical Oriya style. Apart from the main deity, Shiva, Ganesha, Hanuman and Sai Baba are also worshipped in this temple. It was consecrated by Swami Ranganathanan of Ramakrishna Ashram in 1976. Since he wished the temple to have an atmosphere that is more conducive to meditation, there are no temple bells in Birla Mandir. The temple is best viewed at sunset or at night when the temple is lit up and illuminates with purity and calmness. Since the temple is built on a hilltop, one can also have a panoramic sight of the city from here.