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No theft of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple wealth

Thiruvananthapuram,Sep 21(): Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple’s wealth in three vaults are intact and there is no theft, says Supreme Court appointed committee.

Archaeologist MV Nair completed inventory of three vaults in the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. Precious gems , gold, crowns, silver and brass items have been listed out and stored in 40 wooden boxes. They are kept in vault A that has been refurbished. The inventory took three years to complete.

According to first estimate, Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple was sitting on Rs 1 lakh crore wealth, making it the richest Hindu temple in the country. Now after the inventory is over for three vaults and with one vault yet to be opened, those who did the inventory say that the treasure is more than the early estimate.

The amicus curiae Gopal Subramanian told SC that theft has taken place and pointed fingers at the Travancore Royal family for the missing wealth. The Royal family had hotly disputed it and many Hindu organizations too joined the protest. This was seen as a move to discredit the Royal family who are the custodians of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. The report given to court also spoke of temple funds being swindled and no proper accounts being maintained. The court ordered the district judge to be interim administrator to oversee the inventory work.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple which is 150 years old was put under heavy securit . Three archaeologist, many gemologists, ten engineers from Keltron, a state-owned electronic manufacturer and videographers for videographing the entire operation worked from July 2011.

The District Judge visited the inspection spot thrice and a high-ranking police officer was stationed. Vault B is caught in a litigation as the Royal family claims that as per Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple custom, it is forbidden to open it and the belief is that it will bring a calamity if opened.

Gopal Subramanian countered this by saying that the Royal family itself had opened it several times. As the case over Sree Padmanabhaswamy vault is going on, Gopal Subramanian who submitted an adverse report to the court in a recent visit paid to the palace to meet the Royals raised many eyebrows. Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple wealth saw international media making a beeline to the spot to cover it.

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