Billions worth of treasure found in Indian temple
A treasure trove of gold and silver jewelry, coins and precious stones said to be worth billions of dollars has been found in a Hindu temple in southern India, officials said..
The thousands of necklaces, coins and precious stones have been kept in at least five underground vaults at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple which is renowned for its intricate sculptures. Photo: Ahisgett/Flickr
The valuables have an estimated preliminary worth of over 500 billion rupees ($11.2 billion), said Kerala Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar, catapulting the temple into the league of India’s richest temples.
A treasure trove of gold and silver jewelry, coins and precious stones said to be worth billions of dollars has been found in a Hindu temple. "Now it is known all over the world that the Padmanabhaswamy temple has jewels worth billions of rupees we have decided to assign it maximum security," Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, pictured in 2005, told AFP.
The thousands of necklaces, coins and precious stones have been kept in at least five underground vaults at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple which is renowned for its intricate sculptures.
"We are yet to open one more secret chamber which has not been opened for nearly 140 years," Jayakumar told AFP.
The actual value of the treasure haul can be ascertained only after it is examined by the archaeological department, said Jayakumar.
The temple, dedicated to Hindu lord Vishnu, was built hundreds of years ago by the king of Travancore and donations by devotees have been kept in the temple’s vaults since.
A necklace found on Thursday was 18 feet (six metres) long. Thousands of gold coins have also been found.
Since India achieved independence from Britain in 1947, a trust managed by descendants of the Travancore royal family has controlled the temple.
But India’s Supreme Court recently ordered that the temple be managed by the state to ensure the security of valuables at the shrine.
Until now, the Thirupathy temple in southern Andhra Pradesh state was believed to be India’s richest temple with offerings from devotees worth 320 billion rupees.
The revelation about the huge riches in the Padmanabhaswamy temple has forced police to sharply step install security cameras and alarms.
Authorities also plan to set up a commando force for security, said Kerala director general of police Jacob Punnoose.
"Now it is known all over the world that the Padmanabhaswamy temple has jewels worth billions of rupees we have decided to assign it maximum security," Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told AFP.
Article from: france24.com
A huge treasure has been found in a Hindu temple in southern India
Treasure hunter finds rare antique in Cumbria
Man finds treasure above ceiling boards
Largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure found in U.K.
Viking Treasure Trove Discovered in Swedish Garden
New Viking Treasure Discovered in Norway
Latest News from our Front Page
"Europe Could be Overrun with White South Africans"
Edited by Red Ice
Dear Madam Merkel: We want our brothers and sisters to come home!
Hundreds of thousands of sub-Saharan Africans are pouring into Europe, stressing the economy and social services, causing insane rates of crime and threatening to crush society in its entirety. Arab Moslems also continue to pour in under the guise of "asylumâ€ť and are continuing to threaten ...
Increasing Cosmic Rays
Driving Force in Climate Changes, Volcanos and Earthquakes
Back in 1996 Danish physicists suggested that cosmic rays, energetic particles from space, are important in the formation of clouds. Since then, experiments in Copenhagen and elsewhere have demonstrated that cosmic rays actually help small clusters of molecules to form. By firing a particle beam into a cloud chamber, physicists in Denmark and ...
Swede Has Had Enough
Description from YouTube: A Swedish man reached the absolute end of what he can take anymore and tells a few truths to Swedish politicians. The man is the founder of a new political party called Riksdemokraterna.
'Is this white enough for you?' Dutch immigrant children rally against segregation
Immigrant children and their parents in two Amsterdam neighborhoods took to the streets on Friday asking for families to enroll their "white" children in local schools, which are becoming increasingly segregated.
The 100 or so schoolchildren - mostly from Africa and the Middle East - took part in a rally, AFP reported. They were wearing bright wight t-shirts imprinted bearing the ...
Pro-Israel bias: BBC admits editorial breach in interview with Israeli defense chief
The BBC has reached a â€śprovisional findingâ€ť to uphold complaints made by Palestinian activists that the broadcaster breached its editorial guidelines in a â€śsoftâ€ť interview with the Israeli defense minister.
Complaints focused on BBC journalist Sarah Montagueâ€™s alleged failure to challenge controversial claims made by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaâ€™alon.
Journalist Amena Saleem, who works with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), wrote ...
|More News » |