Padmanabha temple:What riches behold the sealed B vault?

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 7: With the massive treasure trove that was unearthed from Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple that has catapulted the quaint temple as the India's richest temple worth Rs 1 lakh crore, there are many debates and challenges that have emerged on the issue.

With the Supreme Court intervening to open the underground cellars as a result of a PIL filed, the opening of the vaults led to some eye-popping assets emerging from it. Of the six vaults in total, one is yet to be opened. The B vault that remains to be opened, while all the other vaults named A-F have been opened, analyzed and assessed. But there are strong indications that the B vault will have no contents in it.

Sources within the temple have revealed that the unopened vault has an unprecedented lock system compared to all other vaults. Earlier attempts to open this particular vault had failed. The decision to open this vault will be decided only after a meeting with court observers, temple officials and royal family representatives on Jul 8, Friday.

There are two assumptions that have emerged on the controversial B vault. While one argument suggests that there are chances of immense amount of treasure inside this vault citing the security arrangements, more than vault A that alone yielded treasure worth Rs 50,000 crore. The other argument is that there might be absolutely no contents in this vault since this vault might have a secret underground passage linking the temple to the outside world.

What history says on the Sri Padmanabha Temple -
The work for the building of the Sri Padmanabha swamy temple first started in the year 1556. Later, the temple was re-built under the instruction of the then king Marthanda Varma (1706–1758) in the first half of the 18th century.

He initiated the re-build in such a way that the temple could withstand attacks from external forces. It is believed that his futuristic thinking led to the construction of such a secret passage from the vault to the outdoors of the temple in the event of an attack. This tunnel would then lend as a safe passage for the king and his family members to escape elsewhere without getting caught. Marthanda Varma is still known for his administrative and military prowess and has his name etched in history for these qualities.

From time immemorial there have been rumours about the existence of such a secret passage from within the temple to the outside. With the passage of time, this passage would have been rendered obsolete especially since this vault has not been opened in the last 135 years. But if these rumours are found to be false, the chances of finding yet another massive treasure haul cannot be ruled out completely as well.

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