Birla Mandir, Hyderabad
The granite of the presiding deity is about 11 ft (3.4 m) tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the roof. The consorts of Lord Venkateswara, Padmavati and Andal are housed in separate shrines. There is a brass flagstaff in the temple premises which rises to a height of 42 ft (13 m).
The temple is built on a 280 feet (85 m) high hillock called the Naubath Pahad on a 13 acres (53,000 m2) plot. The construction took 10 years and was consecrated in 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. The temple does not have traditional bells, as Swamiji wished that the temple atmosphere should be conducive for meditation.This temple is one of the most important religious place in India .
The Temple 
Though the chief deity is Lord Venkateshwara, the temple has pan-Hindu character with deities of Shiva, Shakti, Ganesh, Hanuman, Brahma, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Saibaba. The selected teachings of holy men and Gurbani are engraved on temple walls.
Birla temples are open to all, as identified by Mahatma Gandhi and other Hindu leaders as one of the major social evil that was to be reformed in modern India as part of Freedom struggle.
Birla Mandir is well connected by APSRTC buses or an MMTS Train. Distance from Secunderabad railway station is about 7 km (4.3 mi). Distance from Hyderabad (Nampally) railway station is about 3 km (1.9 mi). Distance from Kacheguda Railway Station is about 5 km (3.1 mi). Distance from Begumpet airport is about 6 km (3.7 mi). Nearest MMTS station is Lakdi-ka-pul and Lakdi-ka-pul bus stop also.
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