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Sri Venkateswara Museum

The Hall of Antiques was first established in 1980 in Thousand Piller mandapam opposite to the main shrine in Tirumala . Now the S.V. Museum is situated in a sprawling building with an area of 1.25 lakh sq.ft opposite to Vaikuntham Queue Complex in kaleidoscopic environ of Tirumala surrounded by beautiful gardens and it is a rejoicing place for visiting pilgrims. This museum is an epitome of Traditions of Tirumala, Vaishnavism and Hindu culture. It houses more than 6000 items of historical interest ranging in date from very early period to the present. The collections are spread over ten sections ranging from archaeology to contemporary items. Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh has been a repository of rich heritage, cherished by the kings, nobles, poets, sculptures, dancers, musicians all gathered in Tirumala and enriched the temple lore. It contains valuable antique materials to enable an art historian to trace the history and development of temple art. Different galleries in the S.V. Museum host and display its acquisitions, donations, and offerings bequeathed from the unknown past. Vahanams gallery presents an array of Srivari Vahanams used during Brahmotsavams. Original copper plates of Annamayya’s compositions enthrall the visitors. Pilgrims can have a look at the Varahaswamy Copper inscription, a cherished treasure of Tirumala. All the great dynasties of southern peninsula of India have paid tributes to lord Venkateswara. Pallavas of Kanchipuram, Cholas of Tanjavur, Pandyas of Madurai, Kings of Vijayanagara of Hampi and chieftains of local dynasties have esteemed the lord. Sri Krishnadevaraya (16th Century AD) of Vijayanagara Empire have personally visited Tirumala seven times and offered tens of valuable ornaments made of jewels, diamonds, emeralds and pearls. The museum displays Dhupa-Ganta donated by Sri Krishnadeva Raya to a priest in Tirumala. You can witness this very precious item in the museum. The stone gallery contains more than 80 wonderful images retrieved from across the region dating from 8th century AD to 19th century AD. Most of these stone sculptures speak of history of Vaishnavism in the region. The gallery of musical instruments has collected a wide range of instruments of bygone ages. The picture gallery in the third floor displays rare images of temple history, ornaments of the lord and some contemporary art depicting Srinivasa and Tirumala. Armory section displays variety of ancient weapons like swords, shields, battle axes, guns etc used or possessed by the rulers in the medieval and colonial periods. In the origin and emergence of Vaishnavism in the south, the Alwars have played a significant role and they are given utmost importance in the museum. The front porch of the museum on both sides is decorated with the stone images of Alwars. The bronze section contains idols, nutcrackers, utensils etc made centuries ago. Big iron bells, gigantic pulley used to lift stones in temple building, cauldrons decorate the spacious galleries of the museum. The Hundi of the temple has received umpteen number of gold and silver coins ranging from Roman empire to British era, all displayed in the museum. Tirumala temple is well known for inscriptions superscripted on its walls. More than one thousand inscriptions depicting the history of the temple for 1500 years are estamped and exhibited in the outer gallery of the museum. The guide lecturers of the museum will assist you to visit different parts of the museum. Visiting this museum would be a rich experience for you and your children will be inspired to learn from this wonderful centre of heritage. The museum also has facility of a conference hall open to the public and invitees for deliberations on Tirumala history. Pilgrims can recline in the meditation halls on the roof of the museum in serene atmosphere and experience bliss in the lap of the lord. It houses a library with books in Telugu, English, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi on religion, history, heritage, temple arts and architecture. It serves the curious pilgrims and research scholars doing research on Tirumala history. Harini, the auditorium in the S.V. Museum is now planning to show interesting programs, documentaries, films on Tirumala and heritage everyday from 10 am to 6 pm. After or before the darshan of lord Venkateswara spend some time in the S V Museum and get enlightened with the hoary past and colorful present. Note:The museum is open EVERY DAY from 8 am to 8 pm. Entry is free and works seven days a week.

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