Considered to be the world’s richest temple with vaults containing the biggest hidden treasure discovery in history, but it is shrouded in both mystery and fear
The golden Sree 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 Kerala’s state capital Thiruvananthapuram in India, it is an iconic attraction.
The Padmanabhamsway temple is the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world. The temple blend traditional Kerala and Dravidian style architecture, with the ornate gopuram, or tower at the temple’s main entrance. The presiding deity is enshrined in a sleeping posture over the five-headed serpent, known as Anantha. It is accompanied by two shrines of Goddess Sridevi and Goddess Bhudevi who stands by his sides.
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. However, it is shrouded in mystery and superstitious beliefs.
According to legends, 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 precious stones, metals, ancient artifacts, gold coins, necklace, crowns and a solid gold statue of the deity of the temple. The treasures was estimated to be worth trillions of dollars, believed to be the biggest treasure finding in history.
A sixth vault, named Vault B contain a carved door with two giant cobras, which leads to another chamber. But, it seems to have a warning to anyone opening it. Legend has it that anyone who opens this vault will be met with disaster. The contents of the five vaults indicates that Vault B might also have extensive hidden treasures. But the cobra’s warning on the door and superstitious fear, maybe reasons why Vaults B has remain untouched.