Secret Treasure Found in Kerala Temple Could Be Worth $10 Billion (Video)
Researchers discovered a treasure of gold inside a hidden vault in one of Kerala’s oldest temples.
The treasure at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram may exceed over Rs 50,000 crore or $10 billion.
IBN Live reported:
Thiruvananthapuram: One of Kerala’s oldest temples may soon turn out to be one of the India’s richest. A seven-member Supreme Court-appointed team is at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram taking stock at the shrine.
The chambers near the temple’s sanctum sanctorum are believed to contain priceless gold and silver ornaments. The chambers had been kept shut for the last 130 years but were finally opened on June 27 following a Supreme Court order.
One of the chambers believed to have remained shut for nearly a century revealed precious jewels, stones, ornaments and metal lamps of rare heritage and antique values when it was opened and examined on Thursday.
The inner recess of this chamber was believed to have previously been opened during the reign of Travancore ruler Sree Visakham Tirunal about 130 years back
The opening of the first four chambers showed that three of them housed gold ornaments, vessels, jewels and precious stones worth hundreds of crores of rupees. It also had gold chains, diamond-studded bracelets, a crown and a golden bow. The temple, built in 18th century by King Marthanda Varma of the Travancore royal lineage, is run by a trust under control of the royal house and Lord Padmanabha is the family deity of Travancore Royal house.
The Supreme Court appointed committee consists of two former Kerala High Court judges. The actual worth of the treasure will only be revealed in a report to the Supreme Court.
The vaults in the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram were sealed up almost 150 years ago to protect their contents from the British. (The Australian)