Padmanabhaswamy Temple Treasure – Resumes inventorying contents

Last Door of Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Last Door of Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Experts Committee appointed by the Supreme Court for scientifically documenting priceless treasures of the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple has resumed its work by opening another underground vault.

As per Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple sources, the committee members yesterday examined “Vault-A” and documented few gold chains, some gem-studded, with the help of sophisticated equipment, a few imported from Europe.

The panel’s head MV Nair, had drawn up a list of experts experienced in assessing the value and antiquity of gold and precious stones, to be engaged in the process.

The members of the oversight committee, tasked last year with inventorying the priceless treasures, were also present. The oversight committee, also set up by the Apex Court, had opened four of the six vaults of the temple last year and found them holding a glittering array of precious wealth, drawing worldwide attention to the temple and its history.

Though the panel was not mandated to quantify the value of the treasure in money terms, it has been widely speculated that it was more than Rs one lakh crore, even by modest estimates.

Experts and historians, however, have cautioned against quantifying the value of such a rare and antique wealth without considering their cultural and heritage value.

The evaluation is, however, expected to take more than 6 months. But local channels are quoting sources as saying that the value of the treasure in Vault A alone is expected to be close to Rs 10 lakh crore.

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