HC order on royal temple: Palace trust to seek legal options

Sree Padmnabhaswamy temple trust run by the Trvancore Royal family will be exploring the possibilities of going in appeal against the Kerala HC order directing the government to take over the majestic temple in the state capital.

Last Updated: Feb 01, 2011, 14:06 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The Sree Padmnabhaswamy
temple trust run by the Trvancore Royal family will be
exploring the possibilities of going in appeal against the
The Kerala High Court order directing the government to take
over the majestic temple in the state capital.
The grand temple, famed for its boat-shaped granite tower,
columns of exquisitely carved stone pillars and rows of
dangling brass lamps, has been under the upkeep of the royal
house for centuries since.

"On getting the copy of the High Court order,we will examine
the legal possibilities of filing an appeal against
yesterday`s High Court order," a Palace official told PTI.

The temple trust sources maintained bringing the temple
under the government control would infringe the covenant
between entered into by the state and the royal family when
the princely rule came to an end in 1947.

While all other major temples in South Kerala were brought
under control of the Travancore Devaswom Board, Sreepadmanabha
temple alone was allowed to retain under a special trust as
its presiding deity of is the family deity of the royal
family, sources said.
Trust sources held that there was no ground for the state
take-over of the shrine since there was no mishap, as happened
in Sabarimala recently, or proven charges of corruption in
running of the temple affairs.

A division bench of the court had yesterday directed the
government to form a trust for managing the temple in three
months as the royal family had no hereditary rights over the
temple, based on a private petition seeking a direction in
this regard. The court also asked the government to prepare an
inventory of the temple`s properties.

According to city historians, the present temple was built
in 18th century during the reign of King Marthanda Varma.

After expanding the small principality upto the borders of
Kochi,Marthanda Varma dedicated his kingdom to the family and
deity took a solemb pledge that he and his descendants would
be ruling as "servant of Sree Padmanabha".

The temple also became part of history as the first Hindu
shrine in the state to be opened for all castes through the
Temple Entry Proclamation in 1936.

PTI