The Supreme Court grants the Travancore Royal Family the control and administration of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple on Monday.

The right to control and administer one of the world’s richest temple in Kerala to the erstwhile Royal family of Travancore. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram is one of the richest temples that the state government tried to take over after the family’s patriarch died. The temple managed to gain global attention after valuables estimated to be worth 1 trillion were discovered in 2011.

On Monday, the Supreme court upheld and revised the right of the Royal family against the state government and the high court had ruled that the family give away the ownership of the treasures. A public interest petition was filed after the death of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, who was the last ruling Maharaja of Travancore, in 1991. One of the vaults was opened in 2011 of the towering centuries-old Hindu temple in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala state. With diamonds by the sackful along with tonnes of gold coins and jewellery were found in the vault to be estimated at over $20 billion.


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