Temple treasure: Documentation to start next month

The Supreme Court appointed Committee on scientific documentation of treasures will commence its work in mid-February.

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.


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