Twenty Five kilometers from Hyderabad off
the Vikarabad road and on the banks of Osmansagar is the picturesque
village of Chikur with its hoary temple dedicated to Sri Balaji
Venkateshwara. From the style, structure and appearance, it can
be inferred that the temple was built half a millennium ago. Set
in sylvan surroundings, the temple attracts thousands of pilgrims
every year and is an ideal place for sequestered retreat and meditation.
It enjoyed in the past, great days of pomp and glory.
The temple is one of the oldest in Telengana,
having been built during the time of Akkanna and Madanna, the uncles
of Bhakta Ramdas. According to tradition, a devotee who used to
visit Tirupati every year could not do so on one occasion owing
to serious ill-health. Lord Venkateshwara appeared in his dream
and said, "I am right here in the jungle nearby. You don't
have to worry." The devotee at once moved to the place indicated
by the Lord in the dream and saw a mole- hill there, which he dug
up. Accidentally, the axe struck Lord Balaji's idol covered by the
mole-hill below the chin and on the chest, and surprisingly blood
started flowing profusely from the "wounds", flooding
the ground and turning it scarlet. The devotee could not believe
his eyes when he saw this. Suddenly he could not believe his ears
also when he heard a voice from the air which said,"Flood the
mole-hill with cow's milk. "When the devotee did so, a Swayambhu
idol of Lord Balaji accompanied by Sridevi and Bhoodevi(a rare combination)
was found, and this idol was installed with the due rites and a
temple built for it.
Sri Balaji venkateshwara, the Pratyaksha Daiva
in kaliyuga, is thus available at Chilkur to shower blessings on
His devotees who for any reason are unable to go to Tirupati. Many
devout worshippers flock to the temple, to receive the blessings
of the Lord and his consorts throughout the year particularly during
the Poolangi, Annakota and Brahmothsavams
With the earnest desire to revive the former glory
and importance of the temple, the idol of Ammavaru was installed
in 1963 the year following the Chinese aggression, and when the
aggression was unilaterally vacated, Ammavaru was given the name
of Rajya Lakshmi, signifying this welcome event. The unique feature
of this idol is that lotus flowers are held in three hands and the
fourth hand is in such a position towards the lotus feet which signifies
the doctrine of Saranagathi.
The temple has been visited by great Acharyas from
time to time. A visit to the temple is a must for the Jeer of Sri
Ahobila Mutt every time he visits the twin cities, and in the temple
is installed the idol of the first Jeer. The Tilakayaths of Sri
Vallabhacharya Sampradaya have been regularly visiting the shrine.
Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Sringeri Mutt and his disciple graced
the efforts of the trustees in improving the temple.