|The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Thiruvananthapuram, India. |
The temple and its assets belong to Lord Padmanabhaswamy, and are controlled by a trust run by the Royal family.
|In June 2011, the Supreme Court directed authorities to open the secret chambers of the temple for inspection of the items kept inside. Some had not been opened in centuries. |
The review of the temple's underground vaults led to the enumeration of a vast inventory of the temple's assets, which consist of gold, jewels, and other valuables. 18th century Napoleonic era coins were found, as well as a three-and-a-half foot tall solid gold idol of Mahavishnu studded with rubies and emeralds.
Ceremonial attire adorning the deity was in the form of a gold anki weighing almost 30 kilograms (66 lb).
|It is estimated that the value of the items is close to 1.2 lakh crore or 1.2 trillion (US$22 billion) This makes the Padmanabhaswamy temple the wealthiest temple in India and almost certainly the world.|
The treasures accumulated in the temple for centuries, put there by generations of the Maharajahs of Travancore.
Vault B door with Cobra guardians
|It was announced that a new hidden treasure vault had been discovered beyond the already documented Vault B. Adding to recent treasure findings in other vaults, researchers are estimating the total treasure could total over $1.5 trillion. |
The temple has been shrouded in mystery and superstition. Two enormous Cobras are rumored to be protecting the innermost hidden chamber.
|Legend holds that anyone who opens the vault will be met with certain doom.|