Address: Balaji Temple, Chilkur- 501504 Moinabad Mandal, Ranga Reddy District, Telangana
It is strange to know that the God has a title. One of the Lord Balaji temples in Hyderabad has this special privilege. The temple is known as VISA Balaji temple. It is situated on the banks of Osman Sagar. Considered to be one of the oldest temples in Hyderabad, Chilkur Balaji temple is popularly known as VISA Balaji temple.
Chilkur Balaji temple is said to have been constructed by Madanna and Akkanna, the uncle of Kancharla Gopanna, who later came to be known as Bhakta Ramadasu, the builder of Bhadrachalam temple.
God appears in dream
Though no mythological reference has been attributed to VISA Balaji temple, there are legendary references. In those days an old man had an ambition to visit Tirupathi to have a darshan of Lord Venkateswara or popularly known as Balaji. Owing to old age he could not venture the journey. Balaji had appeared in him dream and advised him to dig a place in Chilkur. Accordingly the old man located the spot which was shown by Balaji in his dream. He used an iron rod for his endeavour of digging. All of a sudden he heard a cry and stopped digging and removed the soil in the pit. He found an idol of Lord Venkateswara Swamy. The forehead of the idol was bleeding. He realised that it is because of the hit made while digging. Local people gathered and started construction of temple for Balaji idol. It is stated that those who cannot visit Tirupathi may visit Chilkur Balaji temple and their desires will be fulfilled.
Lord and VISA
There are many instances of God appearing in dreams. It is said it is in vogue even today. But, God interfering in VISA activities is strange. It is an assignment pertaining to external affairs. Those who visit Consulate offices of various countries for getting respective country’s VISA, have a belief that a visit to Balaji temple of Chilkur does the job. Hundreds of VISA aspirants make a queue in the temple to have a darshan of the Lord Balaji before going to VISA centres.
A VISA aspirant visits the temple and does 11 pradakshinas (circumambulations) and prays Balaji for smooth grant of VISA. Once he gets VISA, he visits again and makes 108 pradakshinas around the sanctum sanctorum. The majority of the devotees are seeking God’s grace for VISA .With this Chilkur Balaji is called as “Visa” Balaji.
Chilkur temple does not collect money nor does it have a Hundi to receive offerings. A common man and a VIP have the same status here. It is out of the government control