Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Rare photograph

Hi friends, what is an antique? In 1930 the U.S. Government ruled that objects had to be at least a 100 year old to be classified as an antique. Then here is a classic example of antique. Tirupati Balaji temple was believed to be built about 2000 years back. The exact beginning of this temple is still a matter of debate, but as per the available records it was built just before the birth of Jesus Christ. India is a land of ancient temples and most of these monuments are coming under the category of antique. The technology used to build theses structures is a challenge to modern technologists.
Usually as per Hindu customs and practices, photography of the main deity (idol) is not generally allowed except during some special occasions. The main deity of Tirupathi Temple is Lord Venkateshwara or Balaji. Like other ancient and prominent Hindu temples, photography of Lord Balaji is strictly prohibited. In the history of this temple, photography of Balaji is allowed only twice. This photo is one of them, captured more than hundred years back. Even though this temple is old enough to be categorized as an antique, it is becoming a most modern one in all aspects by the usage of available technologies. But what about this photo?
May I call it is an antique or should I search for the camera from which this photo is taken?

1 Comment:

Hariprasad N said...

I am not really sure about the "intentions" of temples not allowing photographs to be taken. Obviously, because cameras are around 100 years old, our scriptures could not have captured this rule. I have seen in many temples that the management is keen on selling photos and using that as a source of income.

Of course, it is perfectly acceptable to do so (IMO) as temples too need sources of income. But I am not too sure if they can claim it is "prohibited" to take photographs.

Regards, Hari