A major spiritual tourist attraction of the Nagpur city, Balaji Temple is located atop the beautiful Seminary Hills and is a shrine dedicated to Lord Balaji. It is one of the most famous cultural hubs of the city and it arranges spiritual and cultural activities that attract people from near and far.
An architectural marvel, the Balaji Temple offers a beautiful blend of both Southern and Northern style of architecture and is a treat to the eyes. A Rajagopuram serves as the main entrance, an imposing structure commonly seen in temples in South India has been derived for South Indian style of architecture and the well-ventilated halls are a reminiscence of temples of North India.
This is the only Vishnu-Shiva temple in the state of Maharashtra and archanas and abhishekams are performed everyday.
The Rajagopuram adds an air of elegance to the temple and if sages and seers are to be believed, it also enhances the spirituality and devotion of the person who enters the temple through it.
There also a library, residential quarters for priests, and a community hall inside the compound of the temple. The community hall is given on rent to the public for religious ceremonies.
History of the Temple
The Balaji Temple at Nagpur is an old temple and one reason for people visiting it during their holidays, is its picturesque location. It is looked after by Motibagh Sri Skandan Samaj and houses the idols of not only Lord Balaji but Lord Kartikeya, the commander of Hindu God’s arm according to Hindu mythology.
Things to do and see in and around
The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium is one place that you can visit. The Poddareshwar Ram Temple is also nearby. If you are on a holiday in Nagpur, some of the other places you can visit on your tour to the Balaji Temple are Krazy Castle Amusement Park. If you like shopping, Sadar Bazaar area is a good choice.
The Balaji Temple is one of the many places of interest and so there are many options as far as reaching the place is concerned. There are cabs, autos, and buses that connect this temple to the rest of the city.
Opening/Closing Timings and days
The temple opens at 6:00 in the morning and closes at 11:00 PM. It reopens again at 4:00 PM and closes for the day at 8:00 PM.
Best time to Visit
Visit during the winter months of November to February to enjoy a pleasant weather.