Travel Diaries

Shri Jagannath Temple

Location: Banjara hills Road no.12, Hyderabad.

This temple is built by the Odia community in Hyderabad and has picked up popularity since the last time I visited in 2017 with a friend. Back then, there were just a hand full of people in the temple for darshanam. Also, maybe we were one of the first few people to visit after it opened in the evening. It was quite early and the floor was hot from summer sun. I remember jumping leg to leg in the below picture when it was taken. 😅 Now they have put up shades around the main temple.

The temple had decent crowd over the last weekend. And it went through minor renovations. Even with the extended parking space, it was difficult to find a spot. The security was only concerned with vehicles not blocking the main entrance. Would be nice to have someone manage the parking lot to streamline parking.

It is free darshanam unless you go for special pooja. And it was peaceful darshanam too. No guards inside the temple to rush us out while we offer prayers.

Although our visit was spontaneous, it was one of the best evenings I have had in a while. And the weather was cooperating too – cool and cloudy with no rain.

Having done the designs on our house gadapalu (check the post here:, I was tempted to offer to do the designs for the temple main dwaram, which I believe was recently renovated. But could not bring myself to do it. 🙈

If you are in Hyderabad, I will recommend this place for a evening visit. It is easy to find with google maps and you would not miss it from 2kms away with the high towers of the temple.

Disclaimer: It was too crowded to take pictures without people in the background. Anyone appearing in these pictures are purely coincidental and are not taken with the intention of capturing them.

By Saudhamini Mylaram

HR by profession. Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do apart from gardening, cooking and driving.

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