Sunday, July 10, 2011

The gold treasure found in the ancient Kerala Temple – Sree Padmanabhaswamy Kshetra sums to Rs. 90000 Crore on 2nd July 2011, Saturday.

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The 7 member panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India following a petition by advocate T. P. Sundararajan were started a week back and day by day the value of treasure found in the temple is increasing enormously. After the 6 days valuation of assets Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple has become the richest temple in India. Previously Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh, Amritsar Golden Temple in Punjab, and Shirdi Sai Baba shrine in Maharashtra were regarded as the richest religious sites in India.

Interesting assets unearthed from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple on Saturday include a one foot golden idol of Lord Vishnu studded with precious stones which is believed to be used as the ‘utsava vigraham’ in the temple in ancient days. The statue of Lord Mahavishnu studded with more than 1000 rare stones is valued around Rs. 500 crore. A 30 kg golden ‘anki’ used to decorate the idol was also found in Cellar A Nilavara. A 5 kg weighing Lord Krishna idol was also found in the cellars.

Other interesting assets found in the temple on Saturday include golden coins dating backing to 16th Century AD during the reign on Krishnadeva Rayar, golden bangles, golden rope, numerous golden human figurine weighing 1 kg, a golden coconut shells studded with rare antique stones including emeralds and rubies.

The team will continue the assessment . Cellar B, which is believed to be opened around 100 years back, will be inventoried on the coming days.

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