Temple treasure: Documentation to start next month
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 20:28
Thiruvananthapuram: The Supreme Court appointed Committee on scientific documentation of treasures, locked up in the vaults of the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here, will commence its work in mid-February.

After a joint meeting with the oversight committee here today, documentation panel co-ordinator and noted conservationist Dr M V Nair said that the work would start either on February 17 or 18.

The state-run electronic equipment manufacturer Keltron would supply devices and gadgets required for documenting and evaluating the rare treasures, running into an estimated Rs one lakh crore.

"Today's meeting reviewed the progress made by Keltron in providing the equipment for the work. We are satisfied with the work done by Keltron. We expect to start the work by February 17 or 18," Nair told reporters.

Nair, who replaced retired bureaucrat C V Ananda Bose as head of the panel, had earlier said the latest technology and international procedures would be applied in carrying out the work entrusted with the experts committee.

The panel's job would include categorisation of the invaluable objects found in the 'kallaras' (vaults) of the sprawling temple into three--- those required for daily pujas and rituals of the temple, those not required for daily use and those which could be exhibited in a museum.

An inventory committee, also constituted by the Apex Court, had opened five underground vaults of the temple in July last year and had found an amazing array of glittering articles, including gold and precious stones stashed in them.

The inventory was ordered by the court based on litigation initiated by former IPS officer T P Sundara Rajan, who died last year.

Sundar Rajan had pleaded for the state take over of the temple from a trust controlled by the Travancore royal family, which, Nair said, was important for secured preservation of the priceless wealth.


First Published: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 20:28

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