Padmanabhaswamy Temple to open its ‘C’ vault on Monday – DNA

Sree Padmanabhaswamy TempleAs per the orders of the Supreme Court, the ‘C’ vault of the Padmanabhaswamy temple would be opened on Monday for the evaluation and detailed documentation of treasures.

The Chairman of apex court appointed committee, MV Nair on Friday said: “Today we will prepare an inventory of the items in ‘E’ and ‘F’ vaults. It has been decided to open ‘C’ vault on Monday. That is the present decision.”

The decision was taken at a meeting of the experts’ committee constituted by the Supreme Court for inventorying and scientifically documenting the priceless treasures found in the vaults of the temple.

A group of experts appointed by the Supreme Court began examining on Monday treasures unearthed from the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple last year estimated to be around $22 billion.

The bare-chested men in white mundus entered the 16th-century temple under the steely gaze of armed commandos to draw up a list of jewels and coins discovered from five subterranean vaults.

Sree Padmanabha SwamyUsing laser and digital archiving techniques, members of the panel will identify the treasures, standing for days inside a temporary control room created by temple authorities for the process to be completed.

The sacks of ornaments, gold and silver coins, stone-studded crowns, idols and figurines inlaid with precious stones and jewels have an estimated value that is twice what India spent on education last year.

A $22 billion treasure trove unearthed beneath the temple had ignited a fierce political and public debate over ownership and how best to put the vast wealth to use.

The 500-year-old temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is unique in terms of architecture and mythology, with legends of a curse protecting the long-hidden treasure.

To its rareness, the temple possess six secret ‘nilavara’ A, B, C, D, E and F (vaults to keep the assets safely). Opening of each of these cavities reveal a virtual treasure trove with valuable ornaments, unusual antique silver and brass dishes and many golden idols of deities. – DNA, Mumbai, Feb. 24, 2012

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