Secret cellars of Padmanabhaswamy temple opened

via PTI published on June 27, 2011

Thiruvananthapuram:  Four of the six underground inner chambers at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here, where priceless jewels and articles of rare antiquity are believed to have been stored, were opened this morning in the presence of two former judges of Kerala high court. The cellars, remaining closed for several decades, were ordered to be opened by the apex court to prepare an inventory while considering a private petition recently.

The examination was conducted but the media was kept away as its result was meant to be informed only to the Supreme Court. The apex court had appointed justices M N Krishnan and C S Rajan as observers.

Additional chief secretary K Jayakumar, temple executive officer Harikumar, petitioner T P Sundararajan and a representative from Archaeology Department and two representatives of Travancore King Marthandavarma were also present while the chambers were opened.
“We will open four of the six chambers today and prepare a detailed inventory of all assets within it. We will convene a meeting on Friday to discuss details of the process. The date of the opening of the other two chambers will be decided then,” justice Krishnan said just before opening the chambers.

“To examine the stability of the centuries-old chambers, we are planning to include a chief engineer also in Friday’s meetings, he said.

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