Friday, 1 July 2011

Unearthed a rich and glorious past in Padmanabha Temple, Thiruvananthapuram.

Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple , Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Treasure worth 50,000 (not 5,000) crore unearthed from temple vault
Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 30, DHNS:

'Ananth Shayan Vishnu' as seen in the Padmanabha Temple
The seven-member team deputed by the Supreme Court on Thursday reportedly discovered a treasure trove of gold and diamonds worth Rs 5,000 crore in one of the two secret vaults of the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple here.

The doors of the vault ‘A’ was  opened by the team led by two former High Court judges M N  Krishnan and C S  Rajan on Wednesday. Though the vault was empty it led to a dark underground chamber. The members wearing oxygen masks resumed their effort on Thursday and walked through the passageway. 

The enchanting scenic beauty around
Padmanabh Temple
Sources say when the sand on the floor was removed, they found markings leading to the treasure which has been estimated to be worth Rs 50,000 crore (not Rs. 5,000 cr.) . Among the treasure were a huge idol of Sree Padmanabha Swamy, three diamond-studded crowns, a gold bar, close to 1,000 traditional golden necklaces, one of them being about 18 feet-long. This apart, there were countless other jewellery, a gold sceptre, diamonds, and artefacts studded with Belgian stones and gems. 

Devotees thronged to see their Lord
The team is expected to enter the ‘B’ vault on Friday and prepare an inventory of the articles there. Vaults C, D and E have already been examined while vault ‘F’ had puja articles in it. It was during the reign of SriVishakamThirunal Rama Varma in the 1880s that the vaults were opened. These were considered the treasury of the Travancore kings who ruled the state as “Padamabha dasas” or  servants of the Lord. 

It is believed that VishakamThirunal’s successor Sri MulamThirunal, (1885-1924) and Dewan C P  RamaswamyAiyer (1936-47), also opened the tombs during times of famine. The treasure contains gifts given to the kings of Travancore by royalty across the world during the 19th century. 

The temple known for its architectural elegance and long rows of granite columns with exquisite engravings has Lord Vishnu reclining on the thousand-headed serpent Anantha as the presiding deity. The temple is run by a trust floated by the Travancore royal family for whom Lord Padmanabha is the family deity.

Courtesy : Deccan Herald. 

*The unearthed treasures of Lord Sree Padmanabha Swamy worths Rs. 50,000 Cr. as , per the website of Sree Padmanabha Temple committee, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. This information has also been authenticated by other media. So, the amount of Rs. 5,000 Cr. published in the Deccan Herald has been changed by the blogger. ~ Moderator, WHU. 

**Hindus were wealthy, Hindu Deities were wealthy, Once Hindu Rashtra and Bharat were most wealthy in this world. Hindus had its glorious past with their Hindu Identity, it is to revive again.

***Government in India should not encroach upon the wealth of Hindu Temples or any Debaswom Board. The wealth offered to their beloved God, comes down equally to the welfare of the devotees  irrespective of rich or poor, learned or ignorant, caste and creed or anything.