Shri padmanabhaswami temple - Indias Richest Temple

In older days Sree Padmanabha Kshetram and its properties were controlled by powerful lords known as Ettuveetil Pillamar under the guidance of Ettara Yogam. Later, Marthanda Varma defeated the Pillamar and his cousins "Kunju thampis", took over power.

The last major renovation of the temple was done by King Marthanda VarmaMaharajaof the erstwhile princely state of Travancore. He dedicated his kingdom to the deity, and pledged that he and his descendants would serve the kingdom as Padmanabha Dasa, meaning "servants of the Lord Padmanabha". With this, Sri Padmanabha became the nominal head of the state of Travancore, assuming the title Perumal, the Emperor. The British Government saluted the Lord with a 21-gun salute, a military tradition of colonial days, which was continued by the Indian Army until the abolition of the privy purses by Government of India with Indira Gandhi as the Prime Minister.

The royal insignia of the Lord, The Valampiri Shankhu or dextral conch-shell, served as the State emblem of Travancore and even continued so for some time after the re-organization of the States. Sri Padmanabha is still regarded as regional deity of Travancore[citation needed]. The two annual festivals of the Temple culminate in a grand procession, in which the three deities (Sree Padmanabha, Narasimha Swamy andKrishna) are carried on flower-deck and aesthetically decorated Garuda Vahanas to the Shankhumukhom beach, for 'aaraattu' (sacramental ablution). The 'aarattu' days are declared as local public holidays in Thiruvanathapuram. The Idol is made of Kadusarkkara Yogam, an ayurvedic mixture, with Lord Vishnu sleeping on Anantha with his head pointing towards south and facing east.

On the 2nd of July, 2011, 1,00,000 crore rupees ($ 23 Billion) worth in gold, diamonds, and other treasures were unearthed in the vaults at the temple. Several antiques such as 18th century Napoleon-age coins were also discovered at the temple. A local lawyer, Sundar Rajan, filed a case in the Kerala High Court demanding the takeover of the temple, saying that the current controllers were incapable of protecting the wealth of the temple because it did not have its own security force.

This incident propelled the Padmanabhaswamy temple into the league of the most wealthy temples in India, with the likes of Tirupati Balaji and others.

 

 

Padmanabhaswamy temple, also known as Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, is a famousHindu temple dedicated to god Vishnu located inside East Fort in the city ofThiruvananthapuramKerala stateSouth India. It is the world's richest Hindu temple and is one of the 108 Divya DesamsVishnu temples that are mentioned in the works of the Tamil poet saints called Alvars. The principal deity, Padmanabhaswamy, is a form of Vishnu in "Anananta-sayanam" (Vishnu in the eternal sleep of Yoga-nidra on theserpent Ananta) posture. Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a very ancient temple and the city of Thiruvananthapuram derives its name from the name of Ananta, the presiding deity enshrined in the temple.

 

 

The Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala could well be the richest in the country as unofficial estimates Saturday, the sixth day of preparing an inventory of treasures in its six chambers, suggested the value of its gold, diamond and other precious metals at close to Rs 1 lakh crore. 

 

The temple has a total of six chambers, named A to F by the committee. With chamber B yet to be opened and chamber A's accounting ending Saturday, and two more chambers left unopened yet, it is expected that the inventory process may continue for a few more days. 

The inventory of a chamber opened Friday could only be completed on Saturday. 

The committee, which includes a gemmologist, stumbled upon a nearly four-foot-tall statue of Lord Vishnu in gold and studded with emeralds. 

Other precious items that were accounted for Saturday included several golden statues, almost all weighing two kg each. Among other things are a gold necklace as long as 15 feet, and crowns studded with emeralds, rubies and diamonds. 

The chamber is situated around 20 feet under the ground. The committee conducted the examination using artificial lights. Cylinders were used to pump in oxygen to the chamber to guard against breathing problems for committee members. 

The Kerala government has maintained high security at the temple after the exercise started. City police commissioner Manoj Abraham said additional 80 personnel of the special armed police (SAP) will be posted at the temple. 

Historian and veteran journalist M. Gopalakrishnan said that according to the legend the gold got accumulated in the temple because in the olden days people used to offer gold to seek pardon from the royal family. 

The main temple deity, Padmanabhaswamy, is a form of Hindu god Vishnu in Anananthasayanam posture or in eternal sleep of 'yognidra'. 

The foundation of the present entrance gateway was laid in 1566 and the temple has a 100-foot, seven-tier tower besides a corridor with 365 and one-quarter sculptured granite stone pillars with elaborate carvings. 

As of now, the Balaji temple in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is believed to be the richest temple in the country, followed by Shirdi Sai Baba shrine in Maharashtra.

Centres of wealth of faith in india

1. Sree Padmanabha Swamy (Rs. 1Lakh Crore +(Counting))

2.Tirupati (Rs.42,00 crore)

3.Puri Emar Math -Rs-90 Crore + (Recently police stumbled upon 522 silver weighing about 18 tonnes)  

4.Shridi Sai Baba Temple- Rs-32 crore (Annual Income)  + 427 crore (Investments)

5.Siddhivinayak Temple - 46 crore (Annual Income)  + 125 crore (Fixed deposits)

6. Vaishno Devi Shrine - Rs- 500 Crore

7.Guruvayur Temple -  Rs-2.5 Crore (Annual Income) + Rs-125 Crore ( Fixed deposits)

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