Tirumala, a town in the state of Andhra Pradesh is a place of worship for thousands and lakhs of Hindu devotees all over the world. It is a location to seek the blessings from Lord Venkateswara, also known as Balaji.
The sanctum sanctorum of the Temple, which built over 1700 years ago is still preserved in its original for all over the centuries. Tirumala is said to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who will live there unperturbed through the duration of Kali Yug, a phase in the Hindu mythology, which consists of thousands of years.
A documentary by National Geographic on Inside of Tirumala Tirupati was screened on yesterday, which covered on the inside and out of the Temple on what it takes to manage a pilgrimage location, on of the richest of its kind in the world.
This is said to be the first documentary that was shot inside the Temple and also, this is the first documentary that has got many views for National Geographic on its Facebook page. A promo was released just a few days ago. Anything you speak about Tirumala is larger than life.
The way the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam has transformed the hill town into a bustling centre is an incredible story within. Award winning documentary filmmaker, Rajendra Srivatsa Kondapalli directed the film, which covers the journey of the TTD in managing and maintaining one of the most crowded Temples.
A ‘namoona aalayam’ (roughly translated to a sample Temple) made for the purpose of the documentary, a replica of the original Temple to show what happens inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Temple, something which a normal devotee has not seen. The documentary is 45 minutes long and serves in two phases. Rajendra, the filmmaker, said it was a herculean task for his team of six to capture the moments inside TTD. Here is the complete documentary available on YouTube, and if you want to witness the streaming on television again, Nat Geo is streaming it on today, 28th of March at 7:00 PM.