Econintersect: GEI News reported previously that the wealth being counted at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram). The July 3 report indicated that the estimates were that $22 billion in diamonds, other precious stones and gold were in the underground stone vaults of the temple. Estimates have now risen to $110 billion! All these numbers are just rumors, however. The official count being conducted by the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has not been completed or status officially reported.The accounting of the temple’s wealth was ordered by the Indian supreme court following a petition charging mismanagement of temple affairs.
Excerpts from an article in DNA India:
“The royal family has not touched a single paise from these offerings. Neither the government nor the politicians can interfere with these offerings in any manner”
“All precious stones, ornaments and other materials found in the chambers opened as per the directive of the Supreme Court are well documented. Each and every material has been accounted for and there is no confusion about the ownership. They all belong to Lord Padmanabha, the deity of the Travancore Royal Family,” Prof MGS Narayanan, eminent historian and former chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research told DNA.
“Though the exact date on which the temple was consecrated is not known, there are official records dating back to 910 AD.”
“What is unique about the Padmanabha Swamy Temple which has a distinct Dravidian architecture is the nearby Arya Samaj office where non-Hindus can get converted to Hinduism by paying a nominal amount of Rs 50 so that they too could worship in the temple. A modern strategy to circumvent the age-old rule that only Hindus could worship inside this temple!”
Offerings have been made to the temple by kings and traders from Portugal, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the Far East.”
Sources: DNA India and GEI News
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