Padmanabhaswamy to have state-run board like Tirupati?

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Sri Padmanabha Temple
Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 19: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Sept 19 (today) demanded that a state-run board like that of the Tirupati temple be set up to manage the temple treasure in Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

The CPI-M also said that treasure found in the rich temple was the property of the state.

"The treasure has been accumulated over years by the erstwhile rulers through offerings, besides being acquired by the rulers from other erstwhile kingdoms in the state. Hence, this is the asset of the state," said Pinarayi Vijayan, party state secretary.

The Supreme Court earlier appointed a panel to evaluate the temple treasures. Valuables worth Rs 100,000 crore were recovered from five of the vaults after it was opened. Vault 'B' is yet to be opened.

"We want a board similar to the ones in place in Tirupati and Guruvayoor temples. Like in Guruvayoor, where the local erstwhile king has a representative on the board, the erstwhile royal family of Travancore here can become a member of the board," said Vijayan.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has reserved the opening of vault B of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple till Wednesday, Sept 21.

Supreme Court, in its argument said that blind belief cannot be encouraged over the fact that the Royal family of Tranvancore after conducting a devaprasnam (an astrological ritual) said that opening of vault B would prove to be catastrophic.

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