Devaprasnam Warn Against Opening Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Vault

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM – The Group of Astrologers who conducted an astrological examination or ‘devaprasnam‘ at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram has concluded that family members of those who open its yet untouched vault B would die, said an expert on Thursday. They also warned against videography of the treasure discovered so far. Madhur Narayana Rangabhattu, the chief astrologer, said that the B vault was located in a place with divine presence.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The priceless gold ornaments, gems, crowns and other precious objects kept in the vaults belonged to the presiding deity and their open display would affect their sanctity, the panel of astrologers said here.

They also found that those attempting to open the “B” vault, which is yet to be examined, would face ominous consequences.

The temple, among the richest in the world, has six vaults. Five of these were opened on the orders of the Supreme Court and a treasure trove estimated to be more than Rs.1 lakh crore was discovered.

Vault B was not touched by a committee that was appointed by the court for stock taking of the temple’s treasures last month.

The astrological examination that began at the temple on Monday involved discussions among the members of the team headed by Mathur Narayanan Renga Bhatt, an expert in conducting rituals.

The discussions, held in the open, concluded that it would be best that vault B was left unopened because it was believed that it could only be opened by “God“.

Aditya Varma, scion of the erstwhile royal family, earlier said that the discussion and astrological examination related to vault B was done after receiving numerous letters from devotees and also from various Hindu organisations.

According to the records of the temple, on the main door of vault B a picture of a snake is etched and it signifies danger.

The team of astrologers who conducted the devaprasnam handed over the prashnacharthu to the members of the Travancore royal family.

The remedial measures suggested include twelve-day consecutive Thrikala Bhagavathi Seva, 24,000 Mahasudarshana Homam, Laghu Sudarshanahomam, veda recitals thrice in a year and Chakrabja pooja once in a year.

As news spread about the treasure during last 5-6 weeks, it caused a huge flow of pilgrims to the temple in the state capital, especially on the weekends. According to reports, the number of pilgrims jumped ten times during the last month and has created lapses in the temple’s security.

On an average, 120 litres of ‘payasam’ is prepared daily, and this increased to 450 litres now. Also, the number of receipts for archana inside the temple have increased to 2,000-plus, from 250-300 earlier. A major chunk of the devotees are from outside the state and the number of overseas visitors are also on the increase. High security arrangement, including Commandos has been deployed in and outside the temple now.

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