If things go as per their designs, pilgrims visiting Lord Venkateswara temple in Andhra Pradesh will have a whole new experience, a few years from now. Reason?
The temple will soon showcase its ancient inscriptions narrating the temple’s history, rare coins and gold jewellery it receives in the hundi, apart from other unique artifacts.
And interestingly, the revamping work of the museum has been entrusted to National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.
The institute, which has bagged the rights to re-design museum of the famous temple at Tirumala near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, will be paid Rs1 crore for the project. A team of around six faculties and designers from the institute have already commenced the work to understand history of the temple, the deity and other related things.
The museum spread in 1.25L square feet already offers an insight into the history of Lord Venkateswara, but the museum management wants to give a better perspective to lakhs of devotees visiting the temple every day.
Chief museum officer in Tirumala- J Vijaya Kumar told dna, the idea is to give visitors an insight into mythological, religious, historical, cultural and traditional aspects related to the temple and the Lord.
“We have some inscriptions and copper plates narrating different aspects related to temple, dating back from 4th century AD to 7th century AD. The temple has history of around 2000 years and was built during Pallava dynasty and the inscriptions narrate the history. We decided to revamp the museum to give information about the Lord and the cult in a telling manner,” Kumar said, adding that they would pay Rs1 crore to NID for the project.
Talking about the unique items on display in the 30-year-old museum, professor Anil Sinha, one of the professors handling museum project at NID, said the new museum will also have rare gold coins and jewellery received in hundi or other gift items on display.
“Proposed museum will also experiment with new age technology as we have to display information in three to four languages. We will keep in mind the place before we design the new display. Also, a story will be built to share history of the temple and the Lord and accordingly unique items will be displayed,” he said.
The museum also has musical instruments that play a significant role in the temple’s history, the professor said, adding that the long-term project is expected to be completed in two to three years time.