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Dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, Birla Mandir is a 280 feet structure based on Naubath Pahad in Hyderabad. Established in 1976, Birla Mandir was inaugurated by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission and is maintained by Birla Foundation.
The twelfth largest state in India, Telangana became a separate state in the year 2014 getting bifurcated from Andhra Pradesh in the North West. Spread across 114,840 sq kms of land, Telangana is a crowded state with Hyderabad, Nizamabad, Nalgonda and Warangal as its key cities. Surrounded by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, Telangana is a newly formed state yet a perfect tourist spot!
Telangana has ten district regions with a rich history and culture to flaunt. Majority of historical palaces, forts, monuments and temples of Telangana once belonged to Andhra Pradesh. Known for its hot and dry weather, the semi-arid weather of Telangana creates scorching heat in summers and heavy downpour in the monsoons. This newly christened state has plenty of amazing tourist destinations to explore!
Hyderabad is the capital city and will remain the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for ten years. With Kakatiya dynasty, Telangana started experiencing the golden phase with massive architectural development.
People in Telangana love spicy food. Curries with lentils are a must and savoring one’s dish with tangy pickles is a traditional eating pattern of the commoners of this region. A typical breakfast in Telangana includes idli, upma, and dosa with coffee.
Some of the famous delicacies of this state besides idli, dosa and upma are Madugulu – a sweet dish made of milk butter. Telangana Sakinalu is crunchy snack prepared during Makar Sankranti, made of sesame and rice flour. Sarva Pindi made of ginger, curry leaves and different spices, this rice flour pancake is quite a common breakfast item in Telangana. Palakoora is a spinach based vegetarian dish that tastes wonderful along with lentils. Other popular food items include Sunnundallu (sweet dish), Bachali Kura (curry), Pesarattu, Ooragaya pickle and many mouthwatering dishes. Boondi laddu, rava laddu, payasam, coconut laddu are some of the most yummy sweets of this region.
Festivals and celebrations are an all year round affair of Telegu people. Dance, folk arts, music, drama and different eye-catching performing arts are an integral part of this state. Besides the major festivals, Telangana observes regional celebration with equal devotion and grandeur. Some of the well known festivals include Bathukamma, a celebration of flowers, observed on the second half of the monsoons. It continues for nine days and ends two days before Dussehra. Bonalu, also known as Mahankali Bonalu, is a Hindu festival dedicated to goddess Mahakali and is considered as a kind of a thanksgiving celebration. This annual festival is observed in the July/August. Special rituals are performed on the very first and last days of Bonalu. Besides, Dussehra and Ramzan are observed with equal fervor! Sri Sammakka & Saralamma Jatara are the traditional practices of the Warangal district. This tribal festival provides opportunity for interaction between the tribals and other people. It starts from November and continues till mid December.
The state has a five thousand year old culture. Having a mix of Persian traditions, Nizams, Moguls and south Indian customs, Telangana is often referred as the south of north and north of south. In addition, rich classical music, folk art, paintings, dance, puppet shows and other customs make Telangana culture a true fusion of heritage and style!
Famous Urdu poet Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah belongs to this region. Other Hindu poets like Kancherla Gopanna, Palkuriki Somanatha, Hulukki Bhaskara and others were born in this state.
Hinduism and Islam are the main religions of this part of India. The state has many temples and churches distributed across the province. In sports, Hyderabadi cricket team won Ranji Trophy and has state of the art cricket stadium. Other cultural attributes of this state lies in its paintings, carnatic music, dance forms, appetizing cuisines, traditional sarees, sculpture and architecture.
Moreover one needs to visit the Salarjung museum, Birla science museum, Nizam museum, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Chowmahalla Palace, Thousand Pillar Temple, Kakatiya Kala Thoranam and other sites to get a real knowledge on the culture and traditions of Telangana!
Bidri craft of Telangana has a glory of its own! Here silver is engraved on metal and is used in creating paper weights, key chains, vases, boxes and various exquisite items. Dokra metal craft is a significant handicraft of Telangana where wax technique is used. This beel metal craft is used in manufacturing different figurines of god and goddesses, animals, lamp caskets and other items. Lacquer ware is applied on wood and various eye-catching designs are created in this art form. Lac bangles, toys and various figurines are a must buy!
Nirmal arts or the oil paintings of Nirmal town are world famous! Originated in the Kakatiya era, this art form is also used on wall hangings, furniture and boxes. Banjara needle craft is an attractive art form mainly practiced by the gypsies. The incredible designs of this fascinating craft will sway anyone off its feet!
Like Andhra Pradesh, Bronze casting is also quite famous in Telangana. Skilled artistry of this region makes bronze cast items a perfect souvenir! Besides emporiums, Laad bazaar, antique market, begum bazaar, nampally, and other markets are the best places in Telangana to pick up these exclusive handicrafts! Also don’t forget to visit the famous perfume market, a place to pick some best regional perfumes!
76 percent of the population speaks Telegu and 12 percent Urdu. After 1948, Telegu became the official language of this state and the principal medium of instruction as well.
By Road: Birla Mandir is in Naubath Pahad, Kala Pahad near Hussainsagar Lake which is accessible by MMTS and TSRTC/APSRTC buses. One can reach this mandir by hiring private cabs also.
By Train: Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station is the nearest rail head with connecting trains to Aurangabad, Mumbai, and Ajmer, Bijapur, Chennai and other cities.
By Air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the closest airport to this place. It has flights of all the major domestic and international airlines within India and abroad.GET DIRECTION
On the way there are many road side eateries and small restaurants to grab a bite. Otherwise Hyderabad city has countless restaurants catering Hyderabadi biryani, haleem, falooda and other lip smacking authentic cuisines.
From November till February are the ideal months to visit Hyderabad.
The 11 feet tall Lord Venkateshwara statue made in Oriya style, a mix of Orissa, Dravidian and Rajasthani architecture of the temple, pure white marble edifice and the carved lotus canopy are the main attractions!
Chowmahalla Palace: It’s situated close to the Charminar and was once the seat of Asaf dynasty.