Padmanabh temple in Kerala is a place of worship and wonder

In the state of Kerala, stands a grand treasure of ancient India. It is the Padmanabhaswamy temple – hundreds of years old Hindu temple. It is rich in architectural design, history, literature and religious importance. As the wealthiest temple of the world, it is rich in literal sense as well!

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is one of the 108 revered religious places dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the principle deity of Hinduism. The main idol, itself is a piece of wonder. It is in a reclining position on the five hooded serpent named ‘Anantha’.In this position called the “Anantha-sayanam”, Vishnu is believed to be in an eternal cosmic slumber. His two consorts, Sridevi who is also revered as the Goddess of Prosperity and Bhudevi, the Goddess of Earth flank his side. A lotus adorns his navel, from which emerges Brahma, the Creator. The symbolism and immense religiosity of the place attracts caravans of pilgrims annually. In fact, the name the state’s capital, Thiruvananthapuram is a Malayalam for “the city of Lord Ananta”

Although, its entry is allowed exclusively to the followers of the Hinduism, the temple has something in store for all to wonder. It is the unimaginable wealth, gold and treasure it owns. The temple is adorned with gems and precious metals in its interiors and is plated with gold on a number of places. It also housed 8 hidden vaults. When the Supreme Court ordered them to be opened in 2011, the world saw an Aladdin’s cave emerging from within. Idols of deities and elephants carved in gold, bags of gold coins, necklaces, rubies, emeralds and other precious metals amounting billions were discovered cloistered within. The most surprising element has been Vault B, which resisted all efforts and stands closed till now! The priests and astrologers consider its opening extremely inauspicious and has continually warned that it would bring catastrophe in India and quite possibly the rest of the world of its doors are breached. The fact that the Vault has two threatening cobras embossed on its doors and lacks any latch or bolt adds intrigue to the mystery.