Thiruvananthapuram: It is for the Supreme Court to decide if the treasures of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here should be utilized for flood-relief work in Kerala as the apex court is dealing with the temple management, says a Travancore royal family scion. According to legend, a portion of the temple’s treasure is meant for overcoming crisis situations arising from famine or any other natural calamity.
The Supreme Court has intervened in the temple management following on a plea by T.P. Soundarajan, a former IPS officer turned lawyer, in 2011. According to reports, a stock-taking done at the instance of the apex court showed that the temple’s valuables are worth over Rs one lakh crore.
Speaking to IANS, “Prince” Aditya Varma refused to comment on “Rs one lakh crore” which he said was a media creation. “One thing that our family elders have told us is that there is close to 1,000 kg of gold which is stored in the form of paddy grains. This was kept by our forefathers to be used in times of need. Let the Supreme Court decide to pledge this to raise money for our state which is going through one of the worst tragedies,” Varma said. The Kerala government also “can come out with its opinion and then we may also make our position clear,” he said. (IANS)