An incredible discovery was made inside a South Indian temple after a vault was examined after being sealed away for over a century.
Temple officials from the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple report that treasures worth several billion dollars were hidden within the secret vaults and that there is much more to be uncovered.
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An 18-foot-long necklace, 536kg of 18th century gold coins, diamond-studded plates, rubies and emeralds were found in the vaults of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala state, the Hindustan Times reported.
The vaults were opened after the Supreme Court ordered the state government to take over the temple's assets from a trust controlled by the royal family of Travancore.
A seven-member, court-appointed panel is conducting an inventory of the vaults.
The temple has six underground chambers, of which two are opened daily, and two twice a year. The two chambers opened on Thursday and Friday were last looked at about 130 years ago, the temple's executive officer VK Harikumar said.
The treasure recovered so far could be worth $11bn, the Hindustan Times quoted sources as saying.
SOURCE: India Today
In another interesting twist, open of the most sacred vaults housed by the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, Vault B, has yet to be opened due to the appointed panel members inability to penetrate its steel walls. With an ominous snake symbol engraved on the door of the chamber, it is also considered a bad omen to ever open the doors to Vault B. Many legends are reportedly attached to the temple causing many to believe that the vault should remain sealed.
Further examination of the vault will resume later this week as the committee agrees on alternative methods to unseal the chamber.
Ancient temples, hidden treasure and bad omens: "Indian Jones in 3D" ~vK