Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple – Secret of Sealed Door
Kerala, the land of utmost beauty and temples with amazing history is a traveler’s paradise. Kerala is a good choice for tourists willing to explore the holy places of different religions as the state has a wealth of beautiful temples.
One of such wonderful and also controversial temple is Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. There are total of 108 temples associated with Vaishnavism in India and Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of them.
The centuries-old Padmanabhaswamy Temple has been into controversy for a decade-old legal dispute. The temple holds the reputation of being the richest in the world due to the treasure it holds in its vaults.
Another reason that the temple saved its place in news headlines is the presence of mysterious vault B. There are in total six chambers named A, B, C, D, E and F. Precious metals of crores in worth have been found in these vaults but vault B or Kallara B (traditional name) remained untouched owing to the belief that whosoever will strive to open the spelled vault will welcome misfortune.
Are you wondering what’s the conspiracy behind Padmanabhaswamy Temple sealed door?
Also inquisitive to know what happened to the Padmanabhaswamy Temple treasure?
What lead to the investigation of Padmanabhaswamy Temple vaults in the first place?
You will get answers to all of your questions regarding Padmanabhaswamy Temple secrets by the end of this article.
History of Padmanabhaswamy Temple
As per historians, the magnificent Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple dates back to the 8th Century and the present structure that the temple holds was built in the 18th Century by the then King of Travancore Dynasty – Maharaja Marthanda Varma.
The architecture of the temple is a blend of Dravidian and Chera style. It is said that the old structure of the temple was destroyed in a massive fire in 1696 A.D. and under the reign of the Travancore Dynasty, the temple was rebuilt.
The kingdom of Travancore was founded in the year 1729 by Marthanda Varma. After governing for 21 years, the king dedicated the empire and his services to Lord Padmanabha (the form taken by Lord Vishnu in Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple).
Considering himself as Padmanabha Dasa (servants of Lord Padmanabha), the king declared that he and his upcoming generations will serve the Lord and rule on account of the God.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple Secrets
Since Independence, the management of the temple is regulated by a trust run by the royal family. In 1991, the last ruler of the Travancore Dynasty – Chithira Thirunal Balarama passed away and the management of the temple was taken over by his younger brother Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Varma. The temple emerged on the news headlines over the secret of mysterious vault B of Padmanabhaswamy temple and the wealth found inside the vaults.
Things were going unnoticed until a retired IPS Officer – Sundarajan filed a petition in Supreme Court in the year 2011 to find out the stock of the temple’s uncounted treasury. Responding to the petition, the court formed a committee of seven people to make a record of the unknown treasury.
The team of seven members found six vaults and named them – A, B, C, D, E, and F. Out of these, two chambers had not been opened for over 130 years. Opening these vaults was a daunting task but on inspecting the vaults after opening them the committee found tones of Gold coins, statues made up of gold, diamonds, and other precious stones.
The committee prepared the minute report and evaluated the worth of the treasury behind the vaults around INR 1 Lakh Crore. However, Vault B remained untouched owing to the belief that misfortune lies behind that door.
Legal case about Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Since 2011, following to the process of opening the vaults and discovery of treasure has led to a debate on who owns the treasure and how it should be regulated. Reversing the 2011 Kerala High Court decision, the Supreme Court upheld the right of the Travancore royal family to manage the property of deity at Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The court said that, as per customary law, the shebait rights (right to manage the financial affairs of the deity) survive with the members of the family even after the death of the last ruler. The ruling ends the legal battle the temple and members of the royal family have fought with the government for decades over control of one of the richest temples in the world.
Vault B – The Chamber of Secrets
As per historians, Chamber B has been recognized as the richest of all but the royal family claims that a mythical curse is associated with the opening of vault B. It is said that the chamber holds “Naga Bandham” and has been sealed using “Mantras” by then religious priests. It is also said that the vault can only be opened by a high “Sadhu” having knowledge of liberating “Naga Bandham” by chanting “Garuda Mantra”.
Locals say that if any human attempts are made to open Chamber B by force, that would bring misfortune resulting in disaster throughout India.
Padnabhaswamy Temple – An Architectural Marvel
The richest temple in the world holds a magnificent architectural structure. The idol of the presiding deity of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is noted for its composition, which has 12008 salagramams, which were brought from Nepal, taken from the banks of the River Gandhaki. The deity at the temple represents the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The image also can be described as Lord Vishnu’s right hand and over Shiva lingam and Goddess Laxmi by his side.
Rich history, marvelous architecture, supreme devotion, and a pinch of controversy – an amalgamation of all these things can be found in Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. So next time when you plan to visit Kerala, make sure to offer your prayers at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple as well.
How to reach Padmanabhaswamy temple from Bangalore?
You can board a bus directly from Bangalore to Trivandrum and the temple is at a walking distance from the Trivandrum bus depot. You can either walk till the temple or take local commute option viz. Rikhaw, auto or a cab.
Note – A proper dress code needs to be followed to get an entry in Temple. Men need to wear a Dhoti or Mundu and women are supposed to wear Saree.