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Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple - AP.
The treasure unearthed from the Padmanabhaswamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala triggered a claim that a part of the treasure belongs to the Adikesava Perumal temple of Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari district.
Adikesava Perumal of Thiruvattar was the prime deity of the Travancore kings before they shifted their capital to Thiruvananthapuram from Padmanabhapuram in Kanyakumari district.
According to Mr Radhakrishnan, an advocate who has raked up the issue, the kings would not have completely forsaken their prime deity, Adikesava Perumal and donated all the treasure to the Padmanabhaswamy temple that was built later.
“Had the kings wanted to give more importance to the Padmanabha Swamy temple they would have created a much bigger idol of Padmanabhaswamy lying on the snake,” the advocate said.
The idol at the Thiruvananthapuram temple is 18-ft long, against the 22-ft statue of Adikesava Perumal, which is the longest statue of the Lord lying on a snake couch among the 108 Divya Desams, the holy sites of Vaishnavites, he said.
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