Beyond the gates of the Padmanabha Swamy temple is a secret that nobody knows about! Very few know about this haunted destination and its mysterious past. Some people say that this temple contains an enormous amount of gold and silver. And, do you know that there is a hidden basement in this building which contains millions of dollars worth of jewels, guarded by snakes and cobras?
Won’t you be interested to know more about this interesting place?
You’d be amazed to know that this temple was unknown to millions of Indians until a few years back!. It burst upon the world travel scene one fine day, much like the pyramids of Egypt.
Where is the Padmanabha Swamy temple?
Ever been to Kerala? I am sure you have. If not, then google “Kanyakumari district”. This temple is located in this Kerala district. By the way, Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of India and is also called Cape Comorin .
$22billion and counting
Holy moly! I just discovered that this temple contains at least $22 billion of gold in its vaults! That is a lot of money! Perhaps this money exceeds the GDP of many small nations in the world like Fiji and Pakistan. All this gold is stored in the eight vaults of this sixteenth-century temple.Perhaps, the Padmanabha Swamy temple is the wealthiest place of worship in the world. And no, we are not talking about the historical value of the jewels. If we started calculating the antique value of all this jewellery, then its value will reach trillions of dollars!
And, who made this temple?
That is a mystery. Nobody knows who made this temple. However, the locals say that the Padmanabhaswamy temple has been in existence since the start of Kalyug. Now I will have to explain to you what the term, ‘Kalyug ‘means.
You see, in India, we divide time into four phases depending upon the presence of virtue in the world. There are four phases, Krityug, Satyug, Dwapar Yug, and Kalyug. We define Krityug as that phase when the world was permeated by virtue and truth. As time passed, the percentage of virtue started decreasing. Lies, deceit, greed grew in the society at the cost of truth and virtue. In Kalyug, lies, untruth and deceit rule supreme. Each phase lasts several thousand years. The current phase of Kalyug has just started ( and it has been several thousand years since the beginning of this phase ).
The temple records say that it was built on the 964th day of the beginning of Kalyug.
Padmanabhswamy temple and Sangam literature
Do you know about the Sangam literature?
No? Again google it.
This literature is very ancient in origin and history. Perhaps, it goes back to more than 2,600 years back. This literature contains records of the social history of South India and is a gold mine of knowledge and information. You can say that the Sangam literature is a guide to improving our lives. Well, so our Padmanabha Swamy temple is mentioned in this literature several times.
Who is the temple is devoted to?
This ancient place of worship is devoted to Lord Vishnu who is the protector of all the virtuous people in the world. He also goes by the name, Padmanabha. This word, ‘Padmanabha’ means one who has a lotus springing from one’s navel. Many images of Lord Vishnu show him reclining on his celestial bed and a lotus flower arising from his navel.
‘Swamy’ means Lord.
The temple and its treasures
Thankfully, we now know how much this temple contains gold, silver and other forms of jewellery. I will try to list some items in the temple’s inventory but list may be incomplete. Here goes:
- An 18-foot-long gold chain
- A gold sheaf weighing 500 kilograms
- A 36 kilo golden veil
- There are 1200 gold -coin chains which are encrusted with precious stones
- Several sacks filled with gold coins, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, necklaces, diadems
- Hundreds of gold pots
- Crowns made of gold
- There is also a dress for the deity which is made of pure gold
- An 800 kilo hoard of gold coins dating back to the 2nd century, B.C. The price of each of these gold coins is Rs. 2 crores , at least.
- A golden throne meant for the 18 feet long deity
The current market value of all this wealth is not less than $220 billion.
Now the question arises- where did all this money come from? Well, all this booty came from the tributes paid to the Lord by numerous dynasties like the Cheras, Cholas, Pandyas etc but, many offerings also came from Mesopotamia, Rome and other foreign kingdoms.
Much more than the British Crown Jewels
Queen Elizabeth, take a bow! The combined value of all the gems and jewellery of the Padmanabha Swamy temple is much much more than that of your Crown Jewels!
But, did I tell you this- one vault of this temple is still unopened!
The Mysterious vault B
The story of Padmanabha Swamy temple will be incomplete without talking about this mysterious vault. What does it contain? Who guards this vault? Has anyone ever opened this vault?
The devotees believe that this secretive room contains arms and other objects of the presiding deity. The main arm of Lord Vishnu or Padmanabhaswamy is the Chakra or a disc which has several blades. This room also contains several valuables belonging to the Lord. No one can enter this room and the doors are guarded by the images of snakes and other terrifying animals.
Emily Gilchrist came to India in 1933. She visited Kerala that year and has recorded some details of this famous temple. Gilchrist says that some people tried to enter the Vault B in 1908. However, when they entered the cellar, they found the room infested with snakes and cobras! This event happened in 1908 and since then, entry to this secret basement has been banned.
How to reach Padmanabhaswamy Temple?
This temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of the Indian state of Kerala. Reaching the city is very easy. You can either book your flight or train to Thiruvananthapuram from any other Indian city.
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Please note one thing. If you are a non-Hindu, then you will not be able to enter this temple. However, you can still take snaps of this building from the outside.