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There is a treasure of billions in this Indian temple

From TRAVELBOOK | May 25, 2020, 6:21 am

The Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in the Indian state of Kerala holds one of the greatest treasures ever found. It is thanks to a lawyer interested in history that he was discovered at all. However, some of the town's secrets are still unfounded today.

In September 2007, the Indian lawyer Ananda Padmanabhan filed a lawsuit against the then 90-year-old Marthanda Varma, descendant of a powerful family of maharajas who ruled over the kingdom of Travancore in what is now the state of Kerala until independence from India in 1947 had.

In the area of ​​Thiruvananthapuram, in the town of Thiruvananthapuram, lies the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple - the attorney Padmanabhan studied numerous history books before his lawsuit and suspects that there could be a treasure of immeasurable value in six different chambers in that temple.

According to the New Yorker magazine, Padmanabhan accuses the descendants of the ruling family in his lawsuit of failing to adequately protect the temple, which is under their administration - and demands that an independent group of experts gain access to the treasure, so if he exists, to appraise. At first, those responsible stubbornly deny that the lawyer believes that there are indeed treasuries under the temple. A few days after the lawsuit went to court, Marthanda Varma admits in an interview with a local newspaper that there are indeed “riches” accumulated by his family over several centuries, at least since the 8th century AD.

Unimaginable riches

Varma's family is now filing a lawsuit to deny the general public access to the temple, which they consider to be family property - most of all, they do not want the public to know about the treasure. The court in Trivandrum, however, agrees with Padmanabhan, and so he and two investigators are allowed to enter the temple for the first time in October 2008 - where they, as written in the old books, sixkallaras discover the hoped-for treasuries. What you see in the two rooms you can enter leaves you speechless: A throne made of gold and numerous other objects, the estimated value runs into the millions.

But they also notice that looters must have been here before they see their suspicions of inadequate administration confirmed. After several years of court hearings with the Varma family, the Supreme Court is finally in India, and the remaining four chambers should also be examined to get an impression of the treasure and its condition. Finally, on June 30, 2011, the time had come: A commission tried to inspect the plant more closely. However, this turns out to be extremely difficult: Chambers A and B are each secured with three doors, the last of which is made of solid iron.

"Like stars on a moonless night"

The last door to Chamber B doesn't move a bit. In Chamber A, however, the men finally manage to gain access via a narrow and pitch-dark passage followed by a staircase - what they see, contemporary witness M. Balagovindan, who worked for Padmanabhan's uncle at the time, describes in the “New Yorker”: “When I went to the dark chamber looked, it looked as if stars were twinkling on a night without a moon. Diamonds and precious stones glittered as they reflected the little light. (...) The precious stones and gold lay in heaps on the dusty floor. It was breathtaking."

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Employees of the temple are then asked to bring the discovered riches to light for closer inspection - 15 men need the entire rest of the day. Among other things, massive, six-meter-long gold chains, jewelery-covered jewelry and armor made of gold come to light, as well as a ton (1000 kilograms) of coins from all periods of world trade. According to Balagovindan, the largest diamonds are “the size of a thumb”, and a diamond-covered solid gold statue of the deity Vishnu is among the precious items, whose value alone is later estimated at 30 million dollars.

A secret that has not been revealed to this day

Daniel Smith, author of the book “The 100 Most Secret Places in the World”, puts the estimated total value of the wealth discovered at at least 15 billion dollars, the magazine “Forbes” even lets itself into the speculation that a fortune worth quadrillions could lie dormant here . Because until today nobody knows what is in chamber B. The massive steel door could not be opened so far, legend has it that only a pure soul would be able to do this by chanting a sacred "Garuda mantra". Anyone who tries to gain entry illegally would bring great misfortune to themselves and the world.

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In fact, the story reminds one of "Indiana Jones" at this point, because Chamber B is guarded by two huge cobra images at its entrance - allegedly a group of adventurers who tried to open the room in 1931 were then real snakes in the escape was beaten. Some believe that behind this door is the greatest undiscovered treasure in the world. So it's no wonder that the facility is now highly secured and guarded around the clock by more than 200 security guards - they may not have fangs, but machine guns.

The treasure stays where it is

But where did these immeasurable riches originally come from? It is believed that over the centuries, believers gave small parts of them as offerings to their deity Vishnu, to whom the temple is dedicated. It was also formerly a custom to weigh the weight of princes approaching adulthood in gold. Presumably, the Varma family themselves contributed to the accumulation.

Incidentally, the discovery brought Padmanabhan not only notoriety, but also a lot of trouble with devout Hindus - they threatened collective suicide if even a coin were removed from the temple. Padmanabhan's office and car were attacked and he received death threats. And so it was decided to leave the riches in the temple - after astrologers had also predicted that the removal of the treasures could anger Vishnu and bring bad luck. Instead, it should continue to "belong" to the countless pilgrims who have come to pray at Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple for centuries.

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