Chilkur Balaji Temple

Chilkur Balaji Temple is located on the banks of Osman Sagar Lake, near Hyderabad.

Quoting Wikipedia: “Approximately, 75,000 to a lakh devotees visit the shrine during the week, but on Fridays and Saturdays, the temple gets close the cumulative of a week. Many of whom come to pray to Balaji for visas to travel or move to the US and other Western countries. And its head priest Gopala Krishna is instrumental for the temples popularity as Visa God.

It is also the only temple in India that does not accept any money, does not have a hundi, from the devotees, no green channel or privileges for VVIPs and it fought and won the right to stay out of government control.”

Apparently if you go around the inner shrine 11 times and make a wish, that wish will definitely come true. When it does, you’re supposed to come back to the temple and go around the shrine again, but 108 times now!! As you go in, you can see a big throng of people going round and round the shrine:

Top view

Top view showing a part of the circle people move in

Friends and relatives wait and look on

Taking a break on the sides. Wonder what he's thinking...

Numerous coconut and 'prasad' sellers outside

This corner is designated as a "coconut breaking place"

But you still have notices like these. Notice the reference to God.


  1. Cheshire Cat · February 15, 2010

    You know? The best part about this temple is that they really do not like people making money offerings to Balaji. But it’s not exactly a very clean place either, but that is understandable given the hordes of people who invade the premises with an intention of securing a pact with the Prime Mover.
    Anyway, I have a question, how on earth did you get an alta vista of the crowd ambling along around the garbha-griha?

    • Sonali · February 16, 2010

      By going up the stairs and shooting from the roof πŸ™‚

  2. austere mind · February 20, 2010

    Got your visa? πŸ˜‰

    • Sonali · February 20, 2010

      πŸ˜€ I would have if I had gone for one πŸ˜‰

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