What binds Padmanabhaswamy temple with Nepal?

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 10: After intriguing facts are emerging as a result of the devaprashnam (astrological ritual to ascertain the divine will) presently being conducted at the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala, a surprising new connection has been established. It has been found that the Kerala temple had integral connections with Nepal.

The latest findings in the devaprashnam throws an insight into the unknown Nepal connection and how 'salagramam' stones from the Ghandaki river were brought in to make the presiding deity's idol.

It is beleived that the Travancore royal family who are the caretakers of the Padmanabhaswamy temple and related properties had associations with the Pasupathinath temple and the erstwhile Nepal royal family earlier. Madhur Narayana Ranga Bhat, the main astrologer heading the devaprashnam ritual in the temple said, "In the past some rituals used to be conducted in the temple to commemorate this association. But over the years these ceremonies have not been performed resulting in displeasure of the Lord."

On Wednesday, the astrologers panel had revealed that the the temple treasure should not be moved out, a fact that came out in the elaborate devaprashnam ritual. They had also theft fears of the temple property, commented the astrologers. The need for heightened security was highlighted as well.

The panel had also barred the opening of the controversial B vault stating that it was placed right below the sanctum sanctorum that housed the famed idol of Lord Vishnu in the reclining posture.

The Supreme Court appointed five-member panel is however waiting for the astrologers panel to submit their complete findings. The head of the panel and National Museum Director C V Ananda Bose has been quoted as saying, "We will wait till the devaprashnam is concluded before taking further steps on the task entrusted on us by the Supreme Court."

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