Supreme Court Rules In Favour Of Royal Family In Padmanabhaswamy Temple Case

Treasure worth more than Rs 90,000 crore was found in its vaults in 2011.

Neel Raju Nalawade

July 13, 2020

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Nine years after first hearing the case, the Supreme Court has finally delivered its judgment in the famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple case. The apex court has ruled in favour of the erstwhile Travancore royal family, directing that the administration and control of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala should go to the trust headed by its members. Devotees came out in large numbers outside the temple following the verdict, with some even distributing sweets to passersby.

The Padmanabhaswamy Temple was known to be housing large treasure troves, but it was only in 2011 that the Supreme Court ordered the opening of its vaults by archaeologists. Gold and other priceless objects worth Rs 90,000 crores were discovered in them. Following this, allegations of severe mismanagement of the temple were laid on the ex-royal family of Travancore. “Great God’s will prevailed. Will say more about it after going through the whole verdict,” said Princess Gowri Lakshmibai from the family.

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