It is true that the nearer the God, the farther is the faith. There is a temple over 200 years old right in the very neighborhood I grew up in, and it has taken me almost four years to blog about it!
The Jham Singh temple in Gudimalkapur, Mehdipatnam, has a very interesting story behind it. Jham Singh, a Rajput soldier from UP, was a commander in the army of Sikandar Jah, the third Nizam of Hyderabad. Since he loved horses and had the gift of being able to pick the best ones, the Nizam put him in charge of purchasing horses for his army.
It is said that he yielded to temptation and used some of the money meant for buying horses, to build a temple - the Jham Singh Balaji Mahadev temple. When the Nizam heard of this, he was furious and nearly sent him to the gallows. It was only when his Prime Minister Raja Chandulal intervened, that he relented and ordered Jham Singh to build a mosque beside the temple, instead. That was how the Jham Singh mosque, also a protected monument, came into existence. I'll post some images of the mosque in a day or two.
While the main deity in the temple is Lord Balaji (Vishnu), there is also a Lord Mahadeva (Shiva) shrine beside it. Right outside the temple is its exquisite naqarkhana, a place for drum beaters. To be honest, I found the naqarkhana with its aged walls more beautiful than the brightly painted temple, that almost looks new :)