The richest temple in the world: Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple. Know the worth.

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Even if you don’t read the news often, I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with this temple. Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple is the world’s richest temple. Yes, you read it right. It’s the world’s richest temple.

The historical temple has been something of enigma and shot to international fame approximately four years ago. Since then, it has often made headlines because of its secrets and treasures.

Earlier when the temple was first constructed, back in the 8th century as per sources, it was made up of wood entirely. Later, in the 18th century, the king ruling at that time, Travancore Maharaja Marthanda Varma, re constructed this temple with granite, that is seen even today. The temple has a total of 365 pillars. It symbolises one for each day of the year.

When the temple was under the crime branch of India, they discovered a total of six mysterious vaults located in the basement of the temple. It is the opening of these said vaults to assess the contents that led to the decade-long legal battle fought by the royal family of Travancore and the state of Kerala.

In the year 2017, the Supreme Court had appointed a seven-member panel headed by amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium to assess the value of the treasure inside the vaults, including two chambers that had not been opened for over 130 years. And this is when the temple shot to fame all over the world.

When the first vault, that is, Vault A was opened by the Gopal Subramanium committee, it had treasure estimated to be roughly worth around Rs 1,00,000 crore.

Gopal Subramanium’s report to the Supreme Court was extremely detailed and up to the mark. It mentioned exactly what was in the vault, it said — bags of gold coins from the Napoleonic, Roman, medieval and British eras. Some bags weighed close to 800 kg.

The committee also found a number of gold pots and chairs that were possibly used as part of religious ceremonies. A 4ftx3ft solid gold idol of Lord Vishnu laden with pure diamonds and precious stones and a golden throne as long as 28 feet used to seat the deity were also found.

Apart from all of these treasures, a gold ceremonial attire that may have been used on the deity, weighing close to 30 kg, was also discovered.

The committee also found huge sacks of gold artefacts such as coconut shelled ornaments studded with diamonds and rubies, loose precious jewels like diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies along with other objects made of semi-precious metals.

I am as astonished as you are. The temple is said to be worth $22 billion that means approximately ₹90,000 crore. However, the Supreme Court has ordered that all the treasures will now be filmed and photographed by officials.