The mystery around Padmanabhaswamy temple (Richest Temple in India) has long been the talk of town. This took more pace when retired IPS officer Sundarajan decided to unearth the treasures of the temple. Let us too, try to unearth what has happened so far, through some known facts. Located in the state of Kerala, this temple shrine is one of the most revered abodes of Hindu deity Maha Vishnu.
Here are some facts and mysteries behind Padmanabhaswamy temple.
Built in 6th century A.D
Padmanabhaswamy temple was originally built in 6th century A.D. Later it was further beautified by the Kings of Travancore after 10 centuries.
In 2011, retired IPS officer Sundarajan with the intention of taking stock of the temple’s unknown treasury, filed a petition in the Supreme Court for the same. A seven member team was appointed by the SC to look into the temple’s unaccounted wealth and make an official entry of it.
Once the committee started its work, they discovered six secret vaults (called as kallars in Malyalam) in the temple. These were named A, B, C, D, E and F. The doors of these vaults were made of iron and there was dim scope of getting them open.
What was found in the opened vaults
After several days of hardwork and toil, the committee was successful in opening up five out of the six secret vaults. A literal treasure trove was found beyond within these vaults with bags full of ancient gold coins, diamonds, gemstones, very heavy and huge gold and diamond necklaces.
What happened with the unopened vault
The locks of Vault B remained intact despite several attempts made by the committee. This vault, also called the Bharatakkon Kallara (or Chamber B as named by the committee) is believed to be deeply rooted to God Padmanabhaswamy.
Reason behind vault not opening
It is believed that centuries ago, the portals of this vault were locked by sages of high stature with Naga Paasam mantras (serpent noose). So only a sage or saint of high caliber can remove the Naga Paasam by chanting Garuda mantra in a proper way. The serpent imagery and yakshi on the vault door are said to indicate danger to whoever tries to open it.
What happens to those who attempt to open Bharatakkon Kallara
The ruling family of the Padmanabhaswamy temple and its priests as well as Vedic scholars believe efforts to unlock the vaults bring in misfortune. This belief strengthened with the untimely death of Sundarajan, a month after the doors were opened. and another member of this team lost his mother.
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