24 October, 2020

The Fault In Vault B

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple became the centre of global attention when it was discovered nearly a decade ago that its secret underground chambers contained gold and diamonds worth more than a lakh crore rupees.

The Lord’s Unseen Wealth
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Photograph by AP
The Fault In Vault B
outlookindia.com
2019-06-28T11:51:54+05:30

The heat and dust over the ­treasures in the underground chambers of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram has not sett­led despite a lull in the storm. While the Supreme Court is yet to decide on whether to open the controversial Vault B, which the Travancore Royal family, for centuries the ­custodians of this temple, says should never be opened, the state government has been undecided over what to do with the immense wealth discovered from the rest of the total six chambers.

The temple became the centre of global attention when it was discovered nearly a decade ago that its secret underground chambers contained gold and diamonds worth more than a lakh crore rupees. The rev­elations had pitchforked Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple into being one of the world’s richest temples.

Now, there are two pressing questions: Should Vault B be opened? And who should control the temple administration—the Kerala government or the trustees? Opening the vault, which has been estimated to hold much more wealth than the other five,...

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