Missing Makutam-Divine Ornaments used for receiving political leaders!!

published on February 25, 2008

Missing of original makutam

TRIPUNITHURA: The shocking revelation of the missing of the original makutam weighing around 1kg from the Swarnakolam of Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple indicated the irresponsibility of the temple officials in handling the invaluable wealth stored in the temple strongroom.

“Royal architect Eachara Warrier had designed the strongroom to keep the Swarnakolam, gold parasol, gold pot meant for Thrikketta Kannika and the decorative golden handles of Alavattom and Venchamaram safe,” said a former official of the Cochin Devaswom Board on condition of anonymity.

The original Makutam, dedicated by the Kochi king, bears many special features, he said.

The three layers of the makutam are flat and they have decorative hangings on it, the former official said.

In the olden days, the repair work of the makutam was done by experts from Thrissur and the stitching of golden flowers on the Swarnakolam was done by the traditional temple trustee, he said.

According to him, the controversial replacement might have occurred during the repair work of the Swarnakolam and makutam.

However, the attempt made by the investigation team headed by Tripunithura Circle Inspector Bijo Alexander to find out the age of the replaced makutam became a failure as the archaeologist who inspected the makutam said it is very difficult to find out the age of the makutam through ordinary tests.

Though the traditional system demands the joint cons ent of Valiya Moothathu(traditional temple trustee), Menokki (traditional store keeper) and temple tantri besides the Devaswam officer and the Assistant Commissioner, many a time most of these ornaments were taken away illegally with the consent of Devaswom officers, said a devotee who had witnessed the transportation of the gold pot to Thrissur for receiving a state-level political leader.

The only one gold caparison, left after selling the other 14 for paving railway line from Shornur to Ernakulam, is also in a pathetic condition.

Meanwhile, a group of Devaswam officials is trying to mislead the investigation team by giving false statement to the media.

The police team has documented the remaining precious stones and gems fixed on the Swarnakolam by taking the photographs.

It also noticed the replacement three decorative gold flowers with low quality metal.

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