Kerala Temple Treasure: Focus Shifts to Safekeeping


Daijiworld Media Network – Thiruvananthapuram (SP)

Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 9: The Supreme Court (SC) has stayed opening of the lone remaining secret cellar, marked as ‘B’, through an order issued on Friday July 8. The bench of the court, comprising Justice A K Patnaik, and Justice R V Ravindran, also directed Raja Martanda Verma of Travancore royal family, who is the petitioner, and the Kerala government to suggest ways and means to protect the sanctity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple and the enormous wealth found beneath it. “Henceforth, eyes of at least some of the devotees will be on the treasure, instead of the Lord,” it cautioned.

SC has deferred hearing in the case to next Thursday. In view of the above order, the committee formed by the court to open the cellars and make a list of assets found therein, met today and dispersed without any discussions in detail. Retired High Court judge and head of the committee, Justice M N Krishnan, said that the committee will strictly comply with the SC order.

Senior advocate, K K Venugopal, who appeared in the court on behalf of the royal family which manages the temple affairs, confirmed that the royals are not laying any claims on the wealth, which it considers to be a public property. The royal family is opposing the government’s plans to take over the temple management.

The Supreme Court has also put forth a suggestion to appoint a curator to conserve the ancient treasure found from the cellars.

The state government, in the meantime, expressed its commitment to the safekeeping of the unearthed wealth, by extending budgetary support for the security plan for the temple on Friday. The security is expected to cost Rs 30 crore to the exchequer. The director general of police has recommended to the government to declare an area up to 500 metres around the temple as special security zone.  The new plan proposes to replace the current arrangement, under which 200 police personnel, personnel of the Quick Response Team and police commandos are guarding the temple. A special police control room has been functioning in the temple premises.

The stay order against the opening of secret cellar B has fuelled further speculations about the amount of riches hidden inside the cellar, and also the evils the region may have to face if its doors are opened, based on certain beliefs attached to it. It is said that taking into account the antique value of the riches, it may well fetch over five lac crore rupees as per international market prices.

  

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  • yathish sahas, vizag

    Sat, Jul 9 2011

    guys think practically any way anantha padhmanabhaswamy cant take this property with him and my suggestion is to use this wealth for the eradication of poverty ,illeteracy and the poor who were suffering frm disease and for their welfare service to mankind is service to god

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  • roshan rajpal , hyderabad AP

    Sat, Jul 9 2011

    India is a religious land of hinduism & has severals such treasures hidden in it. lands of our country is well maintained with faiths & beliefs.
    This treasure is the symbol of hinduism & its existence
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    How our ancestors have respected and preserved our religion.
    the govt. should not misuse this treasure infact we must preserve it & show the world what india actualy was in its history
    i m proud to be an indian
    & more proud to be a hindu.
    i love my religion hinduism

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  • vinay, hyderabad

    Sat, Jul 9 2011

    Hey guys we are no body here to talk about Holy Treasure ,It belongs to the Lord Padmanabhaswamy .,.,. no body has the right to transfer the wealth to other forms.....It will be fabulous if it is preserved as a mark of the INDIA'S Temples wealth by preserving in the Museums for the future generations to witness the ancient Wealth of our Nation..

    I pray to the Lord to preserve his wealth in the same form found in the treasures , instead of transforming the funds to other forms which leads to the dilution of the treasure into the culprits hands....

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  • Anil, Marthandam

    Sat, Jul 9 2011

    These valuable shouldn't be sold or converted to any other form.. It should be used in such as way that it exist in the current form(with us) and should generate income which should be used for the welfare of common men.

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  • rohit raman bhat, kashmir

    Sat, Jul 9 2011

    i apeal to goverment that all the money must utilise for hindu commenty only espacially for rehabiliation for displaced people from their own country and also for hindu who are below the poority line who are forced to convert their relgion

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  • Raj, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 9 2011

    This money related to Hindus Devoties, because of that all hindus community should get benifit from this.All cristian and muslim do have any right to get benigit from this tresury.All these outside religion converting Hindus to Muslim and cristin by its power and its forign money.We should should open its own trust and open free school colleage and hospital all over the and also give special benifit to those people who are converting their relign because of money problem, this money belong to hindus, so that this should use only for hindus community.Today hidus are population are decresing at very highest level, these should not go in political hand because for vote thay will spend money only on foreign comunity.Hindus community are more than 50 % in Kerala, but no one Chief minister come from Hindus community.so that this money should be use only for Hindus future, as hindus can enter in temple, means its hindus money, and it should use for hindus future.

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  • shashank, allahabad

    Sat, Jul 9 2011

    i thing everymoney goes to sarkar

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  • yeshrajbhatnagar, hyderabad

    Sat, Jul 9 2011

    temple GOLD should be use for temple ONLY

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