Monday, 29 August 2016

The Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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.