Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple is Kerala state, India is now member pf one of the richest temples in India. Last week an enormous treasure has been discovered  in this 16th century temple. A vast treasure of gold coins, jewels and precious stones was unearthed up to know and expected to grow further in value by next Monday as the last two secret vaults sealed for nearly 150 years are opened.

The treasures unearthed so far include statues of gods and goddesses made of solid gold and studded with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and other precious stones, crowns and necklaces, all given as gifts to the temple over the centuries. The volume of gold and silver coins was so enormous that the investigators weighed the coins by the sackful, rather than counting them as per official reports.

The temple was built by the maharajas of Travancore in 16th century and still remained under the control of the royal family after India’s independence in 1947. India’s Supreme Court ordered the inspection of the vaults after a lawyer petitioned a local court asking the state government to take over the temple, citing inadequate security. The current Maharaja of Travancore had appealed to the Supreme Court against the petition.

The inventory began last week and the final vaults were to be unlocked Monday afternoon. The public knew the temple had treasures but not the quantum.

New security plans are been included with the installation of digital electronic networks, closed circuit cameras and metal detectors at the entrance and exits of the temple.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed videography of the ongoing unearthing of treasure trove inside chambers of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. The Supreme Court asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to examine the source and antiquity of the treasure unearthed from the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. An apex court bench of justice R V Raveendran and justice A K Patnaik asked the

ASI to suggest the steps that can be taken to protect the treasure and also where it can be housed.

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