The city of Hyderabad is home to some of the most fascinating religious destinations to explore. Being a seat of administration for the kingdoms like Chalukyas, Hoysalas and the Nizams, the city enjoys a cultural mix with several ancient monuments and structures to explore. Let’s take a look at some of the famous religious destinations in the city of Hyderabad.
Charminar – This ancient gateway lies at the centre of Hyderabad’s old quarters and is the icon of the city. Charminar was built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in the 16th century to commemorate the ending of a deadly plague in the city and it was given the name because of the four huge minarets, about 20 feet in height. This minarets are held together by an imposing arch, that encloses a small plaza below. There is a mosque on the second floor, which is also the oldest in the city. Every morning and evening, you can hear the azaan from the mosque which fills the entire area with a sense of divinity and purity. If you want to explore this fascinating monument, you can easily get flights from New Delhi to Hyderabad to reach the spot.
Jagannath Temple – The Jagannath Temple is located near the famous Banjara Hills and is a replica of the original Jagannath Temple in Puri. The temple is one of the fine example of modern architectures in the city and is considered an important landmark of Hyderabad. It is built over a sprawling area of about 3000 square yards, using just red sandstone. There’s a massive 70 feet high ‘shikhara’ or tower located at the centre, which is also the most striking feature of the temple. The temple walls are decorated with intricately designed carvings which is supposed to be made by over 60 sculptors. The true beauty of the temple comes out during the Jagannath Yatra, which involves the pulling of the sacred chariot and is attended by thousands of devotees.
Chilkur Balaji Temple – Another remarkable temple, the Chilkur Balaji is located on the banks of the Osman Sagar Lake in the city boundaries. The temple is popularly called the Visa Balaji Temple, as a lot of people think that the temple deity, an incarnation of Lord Balaji, has the power to grant Visas to outbound travellers. As per the local sayings, you need to visit the temple, perform all the rituals (like circling the temple statue about 11 times) and make a promise to get your visa approved. As far as the promise is concerned, it mostly includes that you have to return from your foreign trip and walk 108 times around the temple to fulfill it. Every year several young professionals and students visit this temple in hope of getting their visas approved.
Moula Ali Dargah – Another famous religious destination located at the outskirts of the city is the Moula Ali Dargah. This popular shrine is supposed to be consisting the imprints of Ali, prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law. As per the local legends, in 16th century, Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah had a dream about Ali’s imprints and later that day found the exact same imprints at a hill nearby. On his orders, a shrine was constructed around that rock in the hill, which later grew into a famous divine destination.