Till a week ago, the Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram was just one among the popular Vaishnavite temples dotting the state’s spiritual landscape. But halfway through an inventory assessment done by a team of observers following a Supreme Court directive, it has emerged as probably the richest temple in the country.
The story unfolding in the state capital has all the elements of an Amar Chitra Katha – an ancient temple, cellars lying unopened for centuries, a forgotten treasure worth thousands of crores (one crore is 10 million) etc.
Mounds of precious gems, lakhs (hundreds of thousands) of gold coins, diamond studded crowns, idols in gold, long gold chains, gold rings and bars, gold barrels etc., were discovered when the metal doors of the secret cellar were opened.
Several bags of coins from the erstwhile Travancore Royal Family rule, coins from the Napoleonic era and the East India Company period were also discovered from the secret cellars of the temple.
Rough estimate of the value of the treasure so far unearthed is around US$ 20 Billion. The figure is almost double the wealth of the Tirupati temple. The actual valuation could be much more if the antique value of the articles is taken into account and could well be enough to wipe out the country’s fiscal deficit.
The value is bound to go up as two more cellars are to be opened by the team of observers…
End of The Times of India Report
MESSAGE FOR MY READERS
So how will all this treasure be used?
Apparently it will remain locked up in the cellars.
It will not be used for getting rid of poverty, education or for any other social cause. 😦