Padmanabha Swami Mandir and its treasure

The Padmanabhaswamy temple is a located in Thiruvananthapuram, in Kerala. Only those who follow Hinduism can enter the temple, in addition to that male followers need to wear white “dhoti” and female followers
need to wear saree, in order to enter the temple.

Deity Shri Padmanabhaswamy

The deity Shi Padmanabhaswamy or Vishnu is in the “Anantha Shayana” posture i.e. posture of eternal yoga. The idol is made of kadasharakara, a composition of herbs, resin and sand. Many extant pieces of Sangam Tamil literature
and poetry, and later works of the 9th century of Tamil poet-saints like Nammalwar, refer to the temple and the city as having walls of pure gold. This temple is considered as one of the 108 holy temples associated with
Vaishnavites.

As per, most historians the temple dates back to the 8th century. However, current premise and basic structure was built in the 18th century by the then Travancore Maharaja Marthanda Varma.

Several Hindu Texts like Mahabharata, Skanda Purana, Padma Purana, etc. mention this shrine. There are two major bi-annual festivals associated with the temple. The Alpashy festival which is in the months of October/November
and the Panguni festival which is in March/April both last for 10 days.

Wealth and Treasure

This temple is also famous for it’s wealth and treasure. Below the idol of deity Shree Padmanabhaswamy, in Sanctum sanctorum, The temple has vaults (doors) named as A,B,C,D,E,F,G by the team appointed by courts.
In 2011, the Supreme Court appointed a seven-member panel headed by amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium to assess the value of the treasure inside the temple. Among these vaults, vault B has not been opened for centuries,
A was opened sometime in the 1930s, and vaults C to F have been opened over the years.

When vaults were opened except for Vault B, treasure worth more than 1,0,000 crore which included gold more than 1000 kg. It is estimated that if antique value is taken into consideration these assets could be worth ten
times the current market price.

As per some estimates only vault B which is the only door that is considered to be not opened for centuries, not even by the team formed by supreme court of India, contained treasure worth 12000 crores in 1880.
This estimation was done by the then Travancore Royal family. This information can also be considered reliable as the information about the other vaults was also true.

All this information raises questions about how so much of wealth was hidden in this temple for such a long duration. It is believed that during the time of king Maharaja Marthanda Varma, Travancore was considered as an economic
hub. which was famous for ayurvedic medicines, spices and dry fruits. due the booming economic activities Travancore was one of the wealthiest states and Hence, had such stock of gold, diamond and precious coins.
Around year 1749-50 Maharaja Marthanda Varma decided to give away his reigns and work as a daas of Shree Padmanabhaswamy and the construction of this temple started. While doing that his entire wealth was kept in the
basement of this temple.

Currently 13th generation of Maharaja Marthanda Varma takes care of this temple.However, due to the wealth of this temple govt. India takes takes care of it’s security and administration.

There’s a lot of misinformation and conspiracy theories famous about this temple. We tried to make the information in this article and subsequent video as authentic as possible, in order to do that we took help for several study material available online.