The erstwhile royal family of Travancore who is maintaining the temple believes that opening chamber B would be a bad omen. A royal family source said many legends were attached to the temple and that chamber B has a model of a snake on the main door which makes it different from other secret cellars that were opened till now.
The Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala could well be the richest in the country as unofficial estimates Saturday, the sixth day of preparing an inventory of treasures in its six chambers, suggested the value of its gold, diamond and other precious metals at close to Rs 1 lakh crore [$22 billion plus — esnl].
The inventory of the temple here, maintained by the erstwhile royal family of Travancore, is being made by a seven-member Supreme Court-appointed panel.
The stock-taking process was ordered by the Supreme Court following a petition by advocate T.P. Sundararajan over mismanagement of the temple affairs.
On Monday, ahead of entering the temple chambers for the first time, the committee chairman, retired Kerala High Court judge M.N. Krishnan, said he hoped to finish the entire process by the end of the week.
The temple has a total of six chambers, named A to F by the committee. With chamber B yet to be opened and chamber A’s accounting ending Saturday, and two more chambers left unopened yet, it is expected that the inventory process may continue for a few more days.
A legend has halted for now the stocktaking at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple where treasures said to be worth Rs 1 lakh crore have been found.
The erstwhile royal family of Travancore, which maintains the temple, believes that opening chamber B would be a bad omen. A royal family source said many legends were attached to the temple and that chamber B has a model of a snake on the main door.
“The door should not be opened because opening it might be a bad omen. I don’t think the team can open it because there is a lot of faith attached to the temple,” said the source.
Another legend says there is a tunnel at the bottom of the chamber that leads to the sea.
The presence of huge drains in the periphery of the temple walls could pose risks to the treasure especially when its presence has been hyped and now confirmed.
Intelligence agencies are believed to have taken the matter seriously and is understood to have made sketches of the underground tunnels to better understand the challenges.
There are two drainage tunnels that is estimated to be two and half feet in length and breadth that exists near the temple. Any person can easily move in and out of the tunnel due to the sheer size of the drainage tunnel that is believed to be centuries old. The security fears are heightened since the drainage tunnel can be accessed from multiple points in the vicinity. Many of the access points that the drain has are only a mere 30 metres from the temple.
These facts coupled with fears of the presence of an access point within the temple premises poses a valid and serious threat to the safety of the royal assets. If the presence of such an access point is confirmed, it could be used by negative elements who wants to siphon the precious treasures that has been lying in complete oblivion for centuries.
The Kerala police have recommended a three-tier security system to safe-guard the newly discovered riches of the Padmanabhaswamy temple.
The proposals range from strengthening the cellar vaults using concrete, and installation of burglar alarms and perimeter protection devices that use laser beams.
The vaults used to store the riches according to the police should also be able to withstand explosions.