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‘Inside Tirumala Tirupati’: A Documentary that tells Story of Love, Faith and Devotion of Sri Venkateswara Swamy

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New Delhi, April 25, 2017: Delhi-based award-winning filmmaker Rajendra Srivathsa Kondapalli tells a story of devotion, faith, and love through his lens. Before him, the authorities of the temple premises have permitted no one to use the camera on the premises of the Tirumala temple of Tirupati.

Situated on the top of the “Tirupati Hills of Andhra Pradesh, Tirumala Temple is the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destination. It is believed that the holy temple is that spot where persuasion and divinity get merged together.

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What is interesting about the temple is that- lakhs of devotees wait in queues for numerous hours just to get the 10-sec glimpse of their benevolent Sri Venkateshwara Swamy, mentioned Hans India report.

From the documentary ‘Inside Tirumala Tirupati’, one can have in-depth look at the massive scale of operations running inside the temple by simply traveling into the spiritual home of Sri Venkateshwara Swamy (believed to be a form of God Vishnu) in 43 minutes.

This documentary is one of its kind as it is made on one of the most Holy Hindu Shrines. Titled ‘Inside Tirumala Tirupati’, it was aired on the National geographic Channel India on 7 March 2017.

The film is the visual repository of all what can be considered as ‘Hinduism’ as it has demonstrated vibrancy, importance, and celebrations of the temple. The documentary is the bustling membrane of temple’s historic background, its emergence, vaikunthan queue complex, sevaks, the sublimity of temple and sub-temple, flower decoration and lots more.

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“The film takes viewers inside the most memorable experiences associated with the Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple, presenting the magnificent sanctum and its setting through time-lapse and hyper-lapse photography,” says Rajendra Srivathsa Kondapalli, director of the documentary.

The Tirumala Temple is also called the “Temple of seven hills’ is visited by 60,000-80,000 pilgrims every day and nearly about 1 lakh visitors on special occasions. It receives donations approximately amounting to 650 crores every year and houses 50,000 crores worth of treasure.

The temple is the second richest temple after Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India. It stands for more than 1700 years and has managed to preserve its original form to this day.

“I approached Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam to feature their Annaprasadam kitchens in one of the episodes. After extensive research, I felt there was a much bigger story to the Tirumala Temple beyond just its kitchen. That’s how the idea germinated, to tell a larger story,” said the filmmaker in an interview.

– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of NewsGram

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