India Treasure: Gold coins and others found inside Kerala temple worth billions, still counting

By on Jul 3, 2011 in Amazing, Asia, Lifestyle Comments

Updated: July 4, 2011 5:30 p.m.

Read India Treasure: Gold and jewelries inside Kerala temple could be worth $22 billion

A treasure which was believed to be worth billions of rupees was reportedly found inside a temple in Kerala, India; and still counting as the search continues.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
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As noted at Times of India on Saturday, July 3, 2011, a committee appointed by the country’s Supreme Court has been recovering the treasure found inside the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum for the past six days.

As of this writing, several idol figurines made of pure gold, with each of them weighing about 1 kg were found; along with bags of gold coins and precious stones inside a vault called Chamber A.

Reports say that the discovered treasure also includes 1,200 gold chains, golden plates, Belgium diamonds, rubies and emeralds; as well as an 18-foot-long jewelery weighing about 35 kg.

Among the identified treasures found was an ancient idol of Lord Vishnu, Indian God of peace and truth, which was said to be made of pure gold and studded with precious diamonds and emeralds.

“We are yet to open one more secret chamber which has not been opened for nearly 140 years,” Kerala Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar was quoted as saying at Khaleej Times on Saturday.

Indian reports say that there are six vaults inside the Kerala temple and were marked A to F in the shrine, with Chambers A and B cellars were last opened in 1872.

Meanwhile, Indian officials told reports that it would be extremely difficult now to put exact value on the treasures found but reports say it is being estimated to reach over Rs750 billion or US$16 billion and still counting.

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