Secret chambers of royal temple to be opened

The underground inner chambers at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple complex will be opened later this month.

Thiruvananthapuram: The underground inner chambers at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple complex here, where priceless jewels and articles of rare antiquity are believed to have been stored, will be opened later this month in the presence of two Supreme Court appointed observers.

As many as six secret chambers, remaining shut for the last few decades, is being unlocked to prepare an inventory of assets of the royal temple, temple executive officer Harikumar said.

The chambers, close to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple in the heart of the state capital, are believed to contain priceless gold and silver ornaments, precious stones, vessels and other articles of antique value.

The order to open the chambers was issued by the apex court in a case relating to the temple recently and two Kerala High court judges had been named as observers.

The magnificent temple is known for its architectural elegance and long rows of granite columns with exquisite engravings, has Lord Vishnu reclining on the thousand-headed serpent Anantha as the presiding deity.
The temple is run by a trust floated by the Travancore Royal house, to which Lord Padmanabha is the family deity.

"The court appointed observers are expected to visit the temple next week. Further proceedings including the date for the opening of chambers will be decided after that," the temple official said.

The court issued orders on a private petition which sought measures for greater transparency and accountability in the management of the temple.


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