On Monday (July 13) the Supreme Court (SC) recognized the authority of the Travancore royalty in the administration of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. In its order, the SC said that the committee headed by the Thiruvananthapuram District Judge is now going to look into the temple arrangements.
This system will remain in place until the formation of the main committee and the royal family of Travancore have played an important role in the committee. The apex court, however, did not say anything about the opening of the B vault of the historic temple.
“The Government welcomes the verdict of the Supreme Court in the case of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
It’s the government’s duty to implement and comply with its verdict,” said Kerala Devaswom Board Minister Kadakampally Surendran.
The centuries-old temple, dedicated to Lord Padmanabha, attracted headlines in 2011 after an inspection revealed that the temple ‘s four underground cellars contain gold ornaments, vessels, jewels and precious stones worth thousands of crores of rupees.
The administration and management of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple had been pending before the apex court since 2011 on charges of financial irregularities in the management of the iconic temple.
The iconic temple was rebuilt in its present form by the royal Travancore family in the 18th century. It is to be noted that Travancore royal family had ruled some parts of southern Kerala and some parts of Tamil Nadu before integration of the princely state with the Indian Union in 1947.