Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers to Lord Balaji, known as the 'Visa God', at the Chilkur Balaji Temple near Hyderabad. Photo: AFPIndian Hindu devotees offer prayers to Lord Balaji, known as the 'Visa God', at the Chilkur Balaji Temple near Hyderabad. Photo: AFP
Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers to Lord Balaji, known as the 'Visa God', at the Chilkur Balaji Temple near Hyderabad. Photo: AFP

Praying to the visa gods: why Indians hoping to study or work abroad visit ‘visa temples’

  • Every year, hundreds of thousands of Indians undertake pilgrimages to four popular ‘visa temples’ seeking divine intervention in getting a prized visa
  • One of these temples is in tech hub Hyderabad, which sends more students to the United States than almost any other place in the world

Topic |   India
Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers to Lord Balaji, known as the 'Visa God', at the Chilkur Balaji Temple near Hyderabad. Photo: AFPIndian Hindu devotees offer prayers to Lord Balaji, known as the 'Visa God', at the Chilkur Balaji Temple near Hyderabad. Photo: AFP
Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers to Lord Balaji, known as the 'Visa God', at the Chilkur Balaji Temple near Hyderabad. Photo: AFP
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