In­dian royal fam­ily keep con­trol of one of world’s rich­est tem­ples, court rules

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS -

New Delhi: In­dia’s Supreme Court on Mon­day up­held the right of a for­mer royal dy­nasty to run the Sri Pad­man­ab­haswamy Tem­ple, one of the world’s rich­est places of wor­ship, af­ter the state govern­ment tried to take it over when the fam­ily pa­tri­arch died. When one of the vaults of the tow­er­ing cen­turies-old Hindu tem­ple in Thiru­vanan­thanpu­ram in Ker­ala state was opened in 2011, it was found to hold diamonds by the sack­ful along with tonnes of gold coins and jew­ellery - a hoard es­ti­mated at over US$20 bil­lion $FJ 43.20bn).

The Ker­ala High Court had ruled that year, af­ter pub­lic interest pe­ti­tions, that the Tra­van­core fam­ily must give up its cus­to­di­an­ship of the tem­ple fol­low­ing the death of its head, Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the last rul­ing Ma­haraja of Tra­van­core, in 1991. But on Mon­day, the Supreme Court re­versed that de­ci­sion.

Sri Pad­man­ab­haswamy Tem­ple.

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