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The recent findings in the secret cellars in the Ananda Padmanbha Swamy's temple in Trivandrum raised eyebrows of all Hindu devotees and Indians all over the world. Around 90,000 crores INR worth treasure has been found so for. The 7 member committee appointed by the Supreme Court of India, has been preparing the list of valuable found in the cellars . The temple has 6 Secret Cellars from Cellar A to Cellar F. Opening of each of these chambers is revealing a virtual treasure trove with precious diamonds, golden ornaments, emeralds, jewelleries, rare antique silver and brass platters and golden idols.

Several golden coins were also unearthed which are believed to be issued during the reign of Krishnadeva Rayar in the 16th century AD. Numerous golden ornaments, Ornaments studded with emeralds, numerous golden human figurine weighing 1 kg, golden bangles, golden rope, are other interesting treasure found in the Vishnu Temple.

The Temple has six Vaults or Secret chambers which are labeled from A to F. The chambers labeled A and B haven‘t been opened for more that 130 years. While the cellars labeled C to F will be opened during festival or some important ritual occasion. Majority of the treasure was found in Vault A. The secret chamber labeled B is not yet opened and expected to be opened until the Supreme Court orders to do so.

By the recent findings Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple became the richest Hindu Temple in India as well as the world that‘s around US$22.3 billion in total, without even calculating the antique value of the objects. Earlier Sri Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh was regarded as the richest temple in India. Other richest temples in India are the Golden Temple in Amritsar,

Punjab, and Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Maharashtra.

The assets were mainly the offerings of devotees and also from the owners of the temple, that is, the Travancore royal family. As it was owned by a family, in the early days, devotees from the public could only pray there and not give any offerings. Later, the family gave the permission to the public to give offerings.

Raja Swati Tirunal, Raja Dharma Raja, Raja Ravi Verma, Raja Marthanda Verma, Raja Chitral Thirunal Balarama Verma are some of the rulers of the travancore Kingdom.

We chettiars know very well about Ravi Varma, whose paintings are the rare collections in our houses around Chettinad.

The Travancore family got revenue from exporting pepper to the world in the 17th century.

The wealth came known to the world because of one Tamil Nadu Born Former IPS officer T P Sundararajan, a Supreme Court lawyer who was instrumental in bringing the fabulous riches of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple under public scrutiny. Unfortunately he died some days back after these great findings. Sundarajan who initiated the legal battle for transparency in preservation and protection of the assets of the temple, managed by a trust under the erstwhile Travancore royal house.

Rumor mills went abuzz soon after Sundararajan‘s death, with the local people fearing that he had invited the wrath of God upon himself by going to court to get the wealth assessed. They also cited several legends of the old temple vaults that bodes ill for anybody who dared to open them. Sundarrajan, whose father was a legal advisor to Travancore royal family, had been staying in a house close to the temple complex for the last few decades.

There is also an interesting theory tossing in the media that some are claiming that this type of treasure may also be in ―Sri Rangam, in Tamil Nadu‖ and at ―Tiruvarur in Tanjore Dist of Tamil Nadu‖

30 September 2011

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