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TV9 – “1 LAKH CRORE & COUNTING” UNEARTHED TREASURE AT PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE : THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

TV9 – “1 LAKH CRORE & COUNTING” TREASURE IN SECRET CELLARS OF PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE : THIRUVANANTHAPURAM……..! THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Call it the mother of all treasure hunts. The stock-taking by a panel of experts at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple has catapulted the shrine located in Thiruvananthapuram to the country’s richest, with reports claiming that the value of recoveries may have touched close to Rs 1 lakh crore, more than Kerala public debt of Rs 70969 crore. With one more “secret” vault yet to be opened, the figure in all likelihood will go up further. But sources said the figures could only be speculation as it wasn’t possible to determine the antique value of the precious gems and jewellery. “These are antique pieces and it’s not possible to determine their prices,” said historian and former director of Indian Council of Historical Research MGS Narayanan. In other words, the worth of the treasure could be intimidatingly higher. The Supreme Court-appointed committee on Sunday refused to confirm reports about the value of the recoveries, saying that its mandate is limited to making an inventory of the assets. Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy said the treasure would remain with the temple. “The wealth belonged to the temple and it will be preserved where it was found. There is religious and historical significance to the findings. The state will ensure its security,” Chandy told reporters on Sunday. Chandy said the police would patrol the shrine 24X7 and a

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