Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Amazing facts-Treasure worth billions found in Indian temple

A treasure trove of gold and silver jewelry, coins and precious stones said to be worth billions of dollars has been found in a Hindu temple in southern India.

The valuables have an estimated preliminary worth of over 500 billion rupees ($11.2 billion), said Kerala Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar, catapulting the temple into the league of India's richest temples.

The thousands of necklaces, coins and precious stones have been kept in at least five underground vaults at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple which is renowned for its intricate sculptures.

The temple, dedicated to Hindu lord Vishnu, was built hundreds of years ago by the king of Travancore and donations by devotees have been kept in the temple's vaults since. A necklace found was 18 feet (six metres) long. Thousands of gold coins have also been found. Since India achieved independence from Britain in 1947, a trust managed by descendants of the Travancore royal family has controlled the temple. But India's Supreme Court recently ordered that the temple be managed by the state to ensure the security of valuables at the shrine.



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