Incredible Padmanabhaswamy Temple And Its Ancient Treasures
Hidden In Vaults Guarded By Serpents
The story of the Padmanabhaswamy temple and it secret ancient treasures, reminds us of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves or an Indiana Jones movie. This ancient mysterious temple containing six vaults has long been shrouded in mystery. According to an ancient legend, there is an ancient curse on those who defile the sacred site. In the 1930s, treasure hunters tried to open the temple, and as soon as they did, deadly serpents emerged from one of the vaults. Was the place really cursed?
It was said that any attempts top open the mysterious vault B with man-made technology will result in catastrophes that will occur in and around the temple. Vault B must not be open other than by chanting. The origin of the Padmanabhaswamy temple located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India is lost in antiquity. It is impossible to determine exactly, from any reliable historical documents or other sources as to when and by whom the original idol of Sree Padmanabhaswamy was. Some well known scholars, writers and historians, like the Late Dr. L.A.Ravi Varma of Travancore, have stated that this enigmatic temple was established on the first day of Kali Yuga, which is over 5000 years ago.
The legends of the temple are handed down through the centuries. It is not allowed to enter the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu unless you profess the Hindu faith and the believers strictly follow the dress code. It is the richest Hindu temple in the world. In fact, in terms of precious metals and precious stones, it is by far the wealthiest institution and place of worship of any kind in the recorded history of the world.
According to some sources, the Padmanabhaswamy temple was built in the 16th Century by the kings of Travancore who stored immense amounts of treasures within the thick stone walls and vaults of the temple. For a very long time no-one dared to open the temple. Many were afraid of the ancient curse.
In 2001, archaeologists opened the underground chambers and discovered six chambers, labeling the vaults A through F, with the help of temple priests. What they found inside was startling. Among the treasures were gold coins dating back thousands of years, gold necklaces as long as nine feet and weighing about 2.5 kg, about one tonne of the yellow metal in the shape of rice trinkets, sticks made of the yellow metal, sack full of diamonds, gold ropes, thousands of pieces of antique jewellery studded with diamonds and emeralds, crowns and other precious stones lay scattered in the chamber marked ‘A’.
All these things were strewn and scattered everywhere,” recalls Justice CS Rajan, the 75-year-old retired Kerala High Court judge who was part of the team that entered the vault, called a kallara. “They were not really arranged systematically. There were baskets, some earthen pots, some copper pots, and in all these things, these things were kept. It was a magnificent experience. There are no words to describe it.”
Later, they unearthed even more surprising artifacts. Among them were 7 kg of gold coins dating back to the East India Company period, 18 coins from Napolean’s era, precious stones wrapped in silk bundles besides over 1,000 kg of gold in the form of coins and trinkets and a small elephant made of the yellow metal. There were also sovereigns bearing the 1772 seal indicating they were from the reign of the then native king Karthika Thirunal Rama Varma
Yet many believe the historic shrine inside the temple conceals greater riches still. On the day the first vault was opened, the court team also tried to open a second, known as Kallara B. However, the door, with its heavily rusted, old-fashioned lock with three levers requiring three separate keys, was jammed shut.
“It is a peculiar kind of old-time lock, and it is very much rusted,” recalls Rajan. “The blacksmith could not open it, and we did not want to break open the door, being a part of the temple and all.”
According to an ancient legend, the mysterious vault B was guarded by serpents. That is something Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) dismissed, stating that the vault has been open on at least seven times to his knowledge since 1990. However, what’s inside has not been revealed so far. There are those think vault B containts even more incredible ancient treasures. One can easily say that the mysterious Padmanabhaswamy Temple is India’s own El Dorado.
Mystery Behind the Seventh door of Shri Anantha Padmanabha swamy temple
Anantha Padmanabha swamy, Kerala, South India
The temple of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy in Tiruvananthapuram, Kerala has got the world’s attention in recent days. About 1 Lakh crores worth of gold is found in the underground vault’s of temple.The committee which was employed takes in to account its value based on ancient and historical facts the value of the treasure will be approximately ten times to the value estimated right now. Treasure includes ancient gold chains, diamonds, rubies and precious stones, silver vessels, and gold statues the value of which is humanly impossible to evaluate in terms of money, bags full of golden coins of different nations including NAPOLEON and ITALIAN were also found.
According to the locals the Travancore kings stored immense riches within the thick stone walls and vaults of the temple. The temple is controlled by a trust run by the descendants of the Travancore royal family since Independence. The kingdom of Travancore merged with the princely state of Cochin after 1947. It eventually became the present-day state of Kerala. The inspection of the temple began after India’s Supreme Court appointed a seven-member panel to enter and assess the value of the objects stored in its cellars, including the two chambers last thought to have been opened about 150 years ago.
To go deep into knowing about the temple, it is a vedic temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it is run by the trust leaded by royal family of Travancore. This temple is from the 108 holy adobes of Lord Vishnu. The capital city of kerala, Thiruvananthpuram is named after ‘Thiru’ ‘Anantha’ ‘Puram’ means Sacred Abode of Lord Anantha Padmanabha. The city was also known as Anandapuram (City of Bliss) and Syananduram (Where Bliss is not far off). Ananda refers to Sree Padmanabha Himself. Hindu scriptures refer to the Supreme Being as ‘Sachidananda’ (Absolute Truth, Absolute Consciousness and Absolute Bliss). Diety is enshrined in Anantha sayanam(eternal sleep of yoga nidra on the serpent Anantha or Adi sesha) posture . Lord’s right hand is placed over a Shiva lingam. Sridevi, the Goddess of Prosperity and Bhudevi the Goddess of Earth, two consorts of Vishnu are by his side. Brahma emerges on a lotus, which emanates from the navel of the Lord. The deity is made from 12,000 saligramams. These saligrams are from the banks of the Gandaki River in Nepal, and to commemorate this certain rituals used to be performed at the Pashupatinath Temple.The deity of Sri Padmanabha is covered with, “Katusarkara yogam”, a special ayurvedic mix, which forms a plaster that keeps the deity clean.
The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, which is in the news with the discovery of treasures in its vaults, is an imaginative amalgam of the Dravidian and Kerala architectural styles. If the structure of the sanctum sanctorum, the Dhwaja Sthambham and the Chuttambalam characterise the Kerala style, the influence of the neighbouring Tamil country is visible elsewhere — the wall of the sanctum of the Sree Krishna shrine has Tamil Vattezhuthu inscriptions dating to 1375 CE; the gopuram over the eastern entrance has hundreds of stucco figures, reflecting the Vijayanagara style of architecture; the stunning sculptures in the Kulasekhara mandapam and on the pillars of the rectangular prakara are by sculptors of the Madurai Nayaka period and in the vimana over the sanctum. It is a daring, dramatic fusion. This befits a temple where the presiding deity, Vishnu, reclines on a snake, in a rare depiction.
Legend of the seventh door
The entire world stands now to know what’s behind the Mysterious Last door of Padmanabha Swamy temple. According to the experts it was expected to Unlock by itself when a Secret Chant is spelled as it is locked in that way.
It is believed that this chamber is being considered by the Trust members and other learned Astrologers of India, as highly mysterious, sacred and risky and dangerous to unveil it. Because the steel door of the Chamber-B is having two big COBRA PORTRAITS on it and this door as no nuts, bolts or other latches.
It is considered to be fixed to the secret chamber with the ‘NAGA BANDHAM’ or ‘NAGA PAASAM’ ‘MANTRAS’ by the then ‘SIDDA PURASHAS’ who lived during the reign of KING MARTHANDAVARMA in the 16th CENTURY.
A door of such a secret vault can be opened by a highly erudite ‘SADHUS’ or ‘MANTRIKAS’ who are familiar with the knowledge of extricating ‘NAGA BANDHAM’ or ‘NAGA PASAM’ by chanting a ‘GARUDA MANTRA’; So except in this way, the door can’t be opened by any means by anyone. At present NO WHERE IN INDIA or in the WORLD such a highly sacred and powerful ‘SIDDHAPURSHAS’ or ‘Y0GIS’ or ‘MANTRIKAS’ who does know how to execute highly sacred ‘GARUDA MANTRA’ are EXISTING.
If any human attempts are made with man-made technology to open the mysterious Chamber-B other than by chanting highly sacred and powerful ‘GARUDA MANTRAS’ by a highly sacred ‘SADHUS’ or ‘MANTRIKAS’, catastrophes are likely to occour in and around the Temple premises or through out India or even through out the world according to VEDIC ASTROLOGERS OF INDIA, who also revealed their inability to open the door by chanting the secret ‘GARUDA MANTRA’.
If ‘GARUDA MANTRA’ is chanted by any powerful ‘SADHU’ or ‘YOGI’ or ‘MANTRIKA’ the door proceeds to automatically open and no human effort is needed to open it in any other way. Adding to the belief that the Garuda drives away mighty serpents from our way.
As of now, the people on the other side of the door are able to listen the sounds of water or Sounds made by snakes as guessed. Believers say that the seventh door is an opening where the entire temple and areas may be flooded with waters and some others say, that there are large serpents guarding the area inside which doesn’t allow any one. The day to know what’s really behind is still awaited.
I say, it might be the seventh door of Shree Maha Vishnu also. As it gets sync with the concept of seven doors. If so the only way to see god is to open the door .