The Padmanabhaswamy temple had grabbed headlines after an estimated Rs 1 lakh crore worth of assets in precious jewels, antiques and gold were found in the secret cellars in the temple. After the SC judgment, that set up a team to assess and evaluate the massive riches that emerged out of the vaults within the temple, the temple trust and Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Verma have sought to ascertain the 'decision of the Gods' on the opening of the vault and evaluating the treasure trove.
Sources have revealed that the fact that the devaprashnam occurring in vrischika rashi (the moon sign related to the scorpion) was itself inauspicious in nature. The astrologers also opined that the nine planets were in a bad position also indicating an unfavorable outcome. The priests hold past sins and wrong acts in the temple responsible for the bad omens that emerged in the ritual.
Narayana Ranga Bhat, a senior astrologer who headed the ritual said, "Things are not going on well in the temple. We noticed many bad omens. The devotees have to take the initiative to ensure the welfare of the temple."
The devaprashnam is being conducted in the nataka sala within the temple premises and is led by the temple"s chief priest Tharanalloor Parameswaran Namboodiri. The ritual is likely to extend for the next three of four days.