Considered to be the world’s richest temple with a spectacular one trillion dollar hidden treasure discovery, but it is shrouded in both mystery and fear.
The golden Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple also known as The Padmanabhaswamy Temple, is believed to be the world’s richest Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the 108 sacred Vaishnavite shrines that exist and only Hindus are allowed to enter. Located at Thiruvanathapuram, the capital city of Kerala, it is an iconic attraction.
Dating back to the 8th century, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple is rich in treasury and history. It has a fortune believed to be 1.2 lakh crore or 1.2 trillion (US$21 billion). Established by the royal family of Travancore, the temple exquisitely blend traditional Kerala and Dravidian style architecture, with the ornate gopuram, or the tower at the temple’s main entrance. The presiding deity is enshrined in a sleeping posture over the five-headed serpent, known as Anantha, and accompanied by two shrines of Goddess Sridevi and Goddess Bhudevi who stands by his sides.
The Padmanabhamsway temple is the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world. However, it is shrouded in mystery and superstitious beliefs. Local legends say the Travancore kings sealed immense riches within the thick chambers of the temple. In 2011, the Indian Supreme Court ordered five vaults underneath the temple to be open. Discovered were treasures of – precious stones, metals, ancient artifacts, gold coins and necklace, crowns, and a solid gold statue of the deity of the temple. The treasures was estimated to be worth billions of dollars, some say trillions of dollars. It is believed to be the biggest treasure finding in history.
A sixth vault, named Vault B contain a carved door with two giant cobras, that leads to another chamber. It seems to be a warning to anyone wanting to open it. Legend has it that anyone who opens this vault will be met with disastrous results. The wealthy discovery of the five vaults is an indication, that Vault B must also have hidden treasures. But the cobra’s warning on the door and superstitious fear, maybe one reason why Vaults B has remain untouched.