EXPERTS TEAM TO CLEANSE ANNAMAIAH COPPER PLATES AND EXAMINE HISTORIC COINS
Tirumala, 04 Nov 2011(P.R.O) TTD has decided to cleanse the copper plates of Annamaiah kritis and also to examine the antiquity of ancient historic coins accumulated in the coffers of the temple treasury since last several years and invited two separate expert teams to carryout the task.
Saint poet Tallapaka Annamacharya (1408-1503) has penned over 32000 kirtans in praise of Lord Venkateswara. These kirtans were engraved on copper plates by his son Tallapaka Pedda Tirumalacharya and were preserved in Sankeertana Bhandagaram inside sanctum sanctorum of Tirumala shrine. However after 400 years, eminent scholar late Sri Sadhu Subrahmanya Shastry and others worked hard day and night and brought to light over twenty five hundred copper plates, comprising of about 14,000 sankritans and a few other works. Ever since the discovery of this lost treasure the temple administration of TTD has been working hard to preserve the golden, evergreen melodies of Saint poet.
As part of it a four-member expert team led by Smt Gayatri, Deputy Director of State Archaeology Department reached Tirumala on Friday and began the cleansing of Tamra Patrams(copper plates). There are about 2698 copper plates and cleansing process will take place for about five days. After that, TTD is contemplating to place these copper plates in Sri Venkateswara Museum at Tirumala for display of the pilgrims.
On the other hand a 20-member expert team led by Prof AV Narasimha Murthy of South India Numismatics Society will be visiting Tirupati on November 25 to examine the ancient coins offered by pilgrims in Srivari Hundi. About 500 kilos of historic coins belonging to various dynasties including Ikshwaku, Satavahana, Pallava, Vijayanagara etc. has been accumulated in TTD coffers in the last several years. The experts team will classify the coins according to their ages. After the completion of the process TTD is planning to display these coins in its museum. Apart from this the temple management is also of the idea to place these ancient coins for display in museums at New Delhi, Hyderabad etc across the country for the sake of the public.