At the end of the probe instigated by the Supreme Court-appointed expert panel’s five-day treasure hunt of the famous Padmanabhaswamy temple end up turning out to be one of the richest shrines in the country. The temple has been given distinction by the Travancore family since the 16th century.
On Friday, the second secret chamber which was opened around 136 years ago revealed valuables worth Rupees 15,000 crore, taking the total recovery to grand total of Rupess 50,000 crore according to sources.
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme can be financed every year with this amount!
Among the new finds were Kashi pearl necklaces, five sacks of gold coins, jewels, diamond-studded plates, rubies and emeralds. Another interesting find were metal lamps and gold coins of different eras!
Another interesting find which could give a stiff competition to the 18 feet long necklace was 536kg of 18th century gold coins and about 20kg of British East India Company’s gold coins.
A very interesting fact pointed out by Kerala Council for Historical Research director, P.J. Cherian, was that valuation of the treasure can’t be fixed overnight as the Antique value cannot be calculated.
Report by Sumit