Location :The Balaji Temple is the situated in Nerul, Navi Mumbai which is built on the lines of Venkateshwara Temple at Tirupati and has been constructed according to the Shilpashastras.
Significance of the temple
The temple consists of Navagriha Sannathy which is in an annex opposite to the temple. The Balaji Temple, Nerul, Navi Mumbai also consists of Rajagopuram approximately 60 feet high.
There are steps to reach the Balaji Temple from both sides of the hillock. `Bali Peetham` and the tall `Dhwaja Stambham` can be seen as one enters the temple. Next to Bali Peetham and the Dwaja Stambham, a flight of steps leads to the `Tiru Mamani Mandapam`.The structure of the Mani Mandapam has been built based on modern architectural practices. The cement concrete surfaces here are being built with exclusively carved granite stones.
Behind this Ardha Mandapam, there is the `Garbha Griham`. At the right foot of the lord is a very small silver idol, which is called `Bhoga Srinivasa` or `Kautuka Bera`. This idol imbibes the essence of the Lord and is bonded to the main `Moolavar` idol by a string. There are also other idols of deities like Shrinivasa with Sridevi and Bhoodevi made out of `Pancha Loha` known as Utsava idols (images of festivities). There are also the idols of Shri Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Anjaneya, Shri Krishna with Rukhmini.
The temple area has a garden full of shade-giving trees which are under well maintenance. From the near side of the temple, there is a beautiful view of the famous Palm Beach Road that connects Vashi with Belapur and goes via Nerul.
One can also have a panoramic view of the Nerul node of Navi Mumbai including the sea, which is beyond Palm Beach Road. Navi Mumbai is well connected to the proper city Mumbai through railways and roadways are not a bad option either.
The Architecture of the temple is very much cool and pleasant to view. As the devotees enter the temple complex, the very first thing that catches the attention of eyes is Bali Peetham and the tall Dhwaja stamba. Moving further, a flight of steps leads to the hall Tiru Mamani Mantapam.
|The hall consists of images of two doorkeepers-Jaya and Vijaya , who guard the sanctum sanctorum. The structure of the Mani Mantapam is made up of cement concrete following modern architectural practices and is meant for hoisting various temple and religious activities.||Nearby tourist places to Ananta Vasudeva Temple |
How to reach the Temple
- Through Airways - the city of Mumbai is a most important international doorway to India with international flights from major countries of the world. Air India and many other global air carriers operate regular flights to and via the city. Indian Airlines connects Mumbai with nearly all tourist destinations all over India. Private sector airlines here also offer air-link to many key centres of the country. The Mumbai airport has two wings which are like Chhatrapati Shivaji international Airport and Santacruz domestic airport.
- Through Railways -Mumbai city is the control center of the Central and Western Railways. Usual train services unite it with all main cities like Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Calcutta, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Chennai, Nagpur and Thiruvananthapuram. You can travel to Mumbai from any part of the country by direct train service.
- Through Roadways - there are good motorable roads with all major tourist centres which connect with Mumbai. National Highways across the length and breadth of the country are great ways to go for the self-drive decision and head to Mumbai.