Sitting on top of Seminary Hill in Nagpur is this grand shrine which is a much revered temple by the Hindus. Sri Balaji Karthikeyan Temple is dedicated to both Lord Balaji and Lord Kartikeya (also known as Muruga). Son of Lord Shiva, Lord Muruga is the commander-in-chief of the army of Hindu deities. A fierce warrior, Lord Muruga is a very popular god in southern India.
Looking like a South Indian Temple, this two-floored place of worship remains as a popular pilgrim place. The presiding deity is Lord Balaji who is said be an incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu. Also, he is one of the most commonly worshiped Lords among people having faith in Hindu religion. Another important deity at the temple is Lord Kartikeya who according to Hindu mythology is the commander of the army comprising of Hindu Gods.
The first floor of the temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Balaji while the second is for Lord Kartikeya. The temple’s main attraction is Lord Balaji and Lord Muruga gracing from an ‘Ekadala Vimana’ (single petal vimana) from a three tier arrangement.
The said temple is built in a very quiet and peaceful area and is known for its supreme architecture. The main tower of the temple stands at a staggering 60 feet. A 3 feet tall idol of Lord Muruga is established in the upper sanctum of the shrine; whereas the idol of Lord Balaji is located in the lower sanctum.
The temple is serene is surrounded by picturesque views and what makes it so popular is its location at the Seminary Hills which is an important place of interest in the city of Nagpur. The atmosphere is calming for anybody who happens to visit its premises.
Various festivals like Skanda Sashti, Naga Chaturthi, Ekadasi, Vennaikppu and a 15 day festival for Lord Balaji commencing 15 days before the Chitra Poornima are celebrated in the temple.