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Saturday, July 2, 2011

RICHEST TEMPLE: Security frenzy over Kerala temple treasure trove!

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Saturday 2 July 2011 / R Gopakumar THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, July 1, DHNS.


Valuables worth 50,000 cr and still counting

The Kerala government on Friday put in place a permanent security setup in and around the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here following the discovery of treasures worth a whopping Rs 50,000 crore in its secret vaults on Thursday and Friday.

The treasure excavated from an underground chamber of the “A” vault of the temple on Thursday had stunned not just the expert committee appointed by the Supreme Court and those who were at the scene to assist them but the entire state.

The articles included thousands of gold necklaces, crowns, coins, jewels and precious stones.

If a necklace found on Thursday was 18 feet long and weighed 10.5 kg, 536 kg of 18th century gold coins and about 20 kg of the British East India Company’s gold coins were found on Friday.

Among the coins were those of the Napoleon era. In all 1,000 “saratpoli mala” studded with gems called “aval” were found and a collection of these gems themselves weighed over a tonne. The worth of valuables found from vaults “C”, “D” and “F” which were examined since Monday was estimated to be about Rs 1,000 crore.


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