Want a US visa? Head to Hyderabad's Chilkur Balaji temple to make it happen!

The Chilkur Balaji temple, built as a shrine to Lord Balaji, is said to be about 500 years old.

Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016, 18:20 PM IST
Want a US visa? Head to Hyderabad's Chilkur Balaji temple to make it happen!

New Delhi: Amazing! The famed Chilkur Balaji temple in Hyderabad can help fulfill all your wishes, including granting of US and other visas, devotees claim.

According to a media report, scores of devotees, planning to visit the US, make it a point to visit this ancient temple to help grant American visas.

The Chilkur Balaji temple, built as a shrine to Lord Balaji, is said to be about 500 years old.

A wish-making ceremony at the shrine involves making 11 laps around the temple. Worshippers offer their passports and make offerings of coconuts.

If the wish comes true, they must return and make a further 108 laps.

The temple has gained a reputation for helping to get overseas visas smoothly -- so much so that it's now known as the "visa temple," CNN reported.

The trend began decades ago, mostly among students heading to the US. They would make the rounds and seemingly get luckier with visa lotteries.

"My own sister is in Belgium, in Brussels right now, so yes, it does work," CNN quoted Manjunath Singh as saying.

Over the years the temple's reputation has grown by word of mouth.