Moving platforms' at Tirumala ~ OM NAMO VENKATESAYA
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Moving platforms' at Tirumala

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) on Thursday conducted a trial run of the ‘moving platforms' which it had been mulling for some time for introduction in the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara. The mechanised system aims at achieving the twin objectives of providing devotees a jostle-free darshan and to ensure a faster movement of the queue line inside the sanctum sanctorum through the automated system. The temple on an average witnesses a pilgrim flow of 75,000 everyday with the figure crossing the One lakh mark on festive occasions such as New Year, Garuda Seva, Vaikunta Ekadasi, holidays and weekends. The trial run of the prototype of the ‘moving platform' was conducted in the presence of TTD Executive Officer I.Y.R. Krishna Rao at the ‘model temple' of Lord Venkateswara which the TTD had set up a few years ago at Alipiri. The temple made of Plaster of Paris is an exact replica of the sanctum sanctorum of the hill temple set up to produce video films on various Sevas and episodes required for transmission through the TTD's SV Bhakti Channel.' Adjustable speed As to the technical details of the ‘moving platform', according to V. Ranganathan, Managing Director of BNA Technologies Consulting Limited from Bangalore, which fabricated the prototypes, each platform is 3.5 ft wide and 5 ft long and has a capacity to carry 12 persons at a time. It moves with a speed of 2 mph and operates within the 23/17 feet area inside the sanctum sanctorum i.e., from the Garudalwar idol to the point where the idols of Jaya-Vijaya are installed. “The speed is adjustable as per the requirement,” said Mr. Ranganathan. Addressing media persons, Mr. Krishna Rao claimed that the mechanised system could provide hassle-free darshan to each pilgrim for nearly 20 seconds. He said mock runs would be conducted in the replicated temple under simulated conditions for a month to assess its technical feasibility before its installation in the temple. ‘Maha Laghu Darshan' But we can organise only Maha Laghu Darshan with this moving platform, he said and added that the Agama pundits also might not object to the system as it could be easily dismantled and re-erected as and when required. It would not come in the way of conducting certain daily special rituals in the ‘Garudalwar' area, he pointed out. The concept of the ‘moving platform' was an outcome of the workshop which the TTD had conducted in November last to seek ideas to improve the quality of darshan.

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