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Sri Balaji Karthikeyan Temple

Located about 6kms north-west of Nagpur, atop the scenic Seminary hills is the Sri Balaji Karthikeyan Temple, one of the most revered temples in the city. The deities of the temple are Lord Balaji, Lord Kartikeya (Muruga, son of Lord Shiva). According to Hindu mythology, Lord Kartikeya is believed to be the commander-in-chief of the army of Hindu Gods. 

Built in peaceful and picturesque surroundings, Balaji Mandir is famous for its architectural beauty. The temple is built in a 3 tier pattern with Ekadala Vimana for Lord Balaji and Lord Muruga. The rajagopuram (main tower of the temple is 60 feet high. The 3 feet tall idol of Lord Muruga is housed in the upper sanctum sanctorum along with his consorts Valli and Deivanai and the 6 feet tall idol of Lord Balaji (Venkateswara) is in the lower sanctum sanctorum. At the entrance of Balaji Karthikeyan Temple, there is a very well maintained garden with various flowers and one can also found a well-maintained Tulsi garden inside the temple. Besides the shrines of the main deities, Balaji Karthikeyan temple also houses shrines of Shiva, Ganapathy, Hanuman, Durga, Shithala matha, Sarparaja, Maha Sastha and also for Navagrahas - the nine planets.

Daily Puja along with Archana and Mahadeeparthana are the main rituals of the temple. The major two festivals celebrated in the temple are Brahmotsava for Lord Balaji and Skanda Shashti for Lord Kartikeya. Besides these, Shivratri for Lord Shiva, Durga Navami for Godess Durga, Sri Balaji Kalyanam and Kalyanam of Lord Kartikeya were also celebrated with great fervor. Balaji Karthikeyan temple is also famous for its cultural, artistic and spiritual activities, which were held to promote the well being and harmony among devotees. The temple, administered by Motibagh Shri Skanda Samaj is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

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