View Full Version : Treasure unearthed at Indian temple could be world's largest

07-02-2011, 12:30 PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - 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 on Saturday.

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.

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 itís 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.

Link (http://interaksyon.com/article/7411/billions-worth-of-treasure-found-in-indian-temple).

07-03-2011, 06:21 AM
We should have the EU establish an European Raj and recolonise India to help pay off debt in Europe... :D

Grumpy Cat
07-04-2011, 11:29 AM
Not European, but still interesting nonetheless...

NEW DELHI ó A vast treasure trove of billions of dollars in gold coins, jewels and precious stones unearthed at a Hindu temple in India was expected to grow further in value Monday as officials opened the last two secret vaults sealed for nearly 150 years.

The discovery has instantly turned the 16th-century Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple into one of the wealthiest religious institutions in the country, prompting a government move to beef up security around it.

The four vaults already opened in recent days at the temple in Trivandrum, the capital of the southern state of Kerala, held a vast bounty that unofficial estimates peg at $22 billion.

Other treasures unearthed so far include statues of gods and goddesses made of solid gold and studded with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and other precious stones, crowns and necklaces, all given as gifts to the temple over the centuries.

The volume of gold and silver coins was so enormous that the investigators weighed the coins by the sackful, rather than counting them, officials said.

The temple, built by the maharajas who ruled the then-kingdom of Travancore, remained under the control of the erstwhile royal family after India's independence in 1947.

India's Supreme Court ordered the inspection of the vaults after a lawyer petitioned a local court asking the state government to take over the temple, citing inadequate security.

The operation began last week and the final vaults were to be unlocked Monday.

Before the trove was uncovered, there was almost no visible security at the temple, save for a few local security guards patrolling the complex with batons, mainly for crowd control.

Kerala's police chief, Jacob Punnoose, said he sent extra police officers to guard the temple and is planning a high-tech security system to protect the treasure.

``We plan to enhance security in a manner which will not interfere with the activities of the temple or devotees,'' Punnoose said.

The security plans include the installation of digital electronic networks, closed circuit cameras and metal detectors at the entrance and exits of the temple.

Grumpy Cat
07-04-2011, 12:00 PM
Oops... didn't know there was already a thread. :lol:

07-04-2011, 12:02 PM
I wish I had found that treasure.:D

07-04-2011, 12:07 PM
Ooh, lovely discovery! Perhaps we could get our £1 Billion aid back, or is India going to use this money to build another fucking billion pound airport?

07-04-2011, 12:16 PM
Ooh, lovely discovery! Perhaps we could get our £1 Billion aid back, or is India going to use this money to build another fucking billion pound airport?

Probably going to help stimulate Russia's economy by buying up a bunch more T90s. :D

07-04-2011, 12:22 PM
Ooh, lovely discovery! Perhaps we could get our £1 Billion aid back, or is India going to use this money to build another fucking billion pound airport?

They're going to build 500 more call centres for Ernest Jones (http://www.ernestjones.co.uk/)