Located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, the Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world. The Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who was enshrined in the “Anantha Shayana” posture. The temple is managed and controlled by the former Travancore royal family. The primary deity of Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the tutelary deity of the royal family of Travancore, currently headed by the titular Maharaja of Travancore, Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma.
Every year, thousands of devotees visit the holy temple of Shree Padmanabhaswamy. Its rich history and intricate architecture are unparalleled. There are also quite a few amazing things about Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple that few people know about. For better understanding, here is a look at some of the interesting facts and mysteries of Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
Richest religious center in the world – The Shree Padmanabhaswamy temple is probably the richest religious center in the world. The wealth of the temple is said to have been generated over a period of thousands of years. It was created through donations and gifts received from devotees, kings, merchants and businessmen.
There are vaults inside the temple full of golden artifacts, golden coins, golden crowns and ornaments, precious stones and diamonds. There are a total of 8 chests – named A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H. In chests C, D, E, and F that have been opened, the treasures include a solid gold idol of 4 × 3 feet of Mahavishnu, solid gold throne, 30 kg of gold ankithousands of pure gold chains, a 500 kg sheaf of pure gold, a 36 kg golden veil, thousands of gold coins, gold coconut shells and thousands of gold coins. roman empire gold
Mysterious vault B and unopened vaults G and H– While other safes were opened and valued in accordance with the Supreme Court’s order, Safe B has not been opened since at least the 1880s. The Supreme Court exempted the opening of the safe B for religious reasons. It is considered that opening Chest B will bring significant misfortune. The safe bears the image of a cobra, which poses a danger to anyone trying to access it. Till date it remains a mystery as to what could be hidden in Chest B. Could Padmanabhaswamy Temple Chest B contain more treasures or it is something completely different like a vessel space or extraterrestrial technology. A similar set of questions arise for chests G and H which also remain unopened.
Older than the pyramids – According to some historians, it is believed that Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple was established on the first day of Kali Yuga. Its age is estimated at around 5,000 years. The temple has undergone several modifications. Descriptions of the temple have been found in several ancient texts. This makes the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple even older than the Egyptian pyramids.
Dravidian architecture – While other temples in Kerala have the characteristic sloping roof, Shree Padmanabhaswamy temple has Dravidian architecture. This can be seen in its high walls, large gopuram and intricate carvings.
Connection in Nepal – The main deity Padmanabha is constructed using 12,008 saligramams. These saligramams come from the banks of the Gandaki River, which is an important river in Nepal. Specific rituals are performed at Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal to commemorate its connection with the Shree Padmanabha Temple.