Bestselling author Ravi Subramanian's latest book In the Name of God is set in the Padmanabhaswamy Temple of Kerala and grips the reader with its twists.
Kerala government on Monday made it clear that it would implement whatever decision the Supreme Court took on opening vault 'B' of Padmanabhaswamy temple.
Padmanabhaswamy temple row: Debate rages on in Kerala whether to open mystical vault 'B' of Hindu shrine
With the Supreme Court being told that the vault 'B' of the historic Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, one of the richest shrines in the country, should be opened, a debate has taken flight in Kerala over the matter.
On Monday, the Supreme Court directed the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) to clean the water tanks of the Kerala's famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple and take measures to stop sewage and construction debris from flowing inside the temple premises.
A legal document in which an amicus curiae has said the management of the wealth of the Padmanabhaswamy temple should be handed over to the erstwhile royal family has raised hackles of politicians and historians in Kerala.
Currently, the affairs of the temple are run by an executive committee which includes members of the temple management and representatives of the royal family of Travancore.
The Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, whose treasures were recently rediscovered, appears to have lost some of its valuables, according to a Judicial Commission.
Till now, it has been assumed that the temple vault hadn’t been opened for 136 years. But the available documents point to a different story.
Astrologers are conducting a ritual they say will help them understand the will of the God with regards to the treasure inside the vaults of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple.
It's amazing how the discovery of riches in a Kerala temple has raised covetous glances from every side. Is it right for people who didn't create this wealth to talk about distributing it?
Should the treasures unearthed from Thiruvananthapuram's Padmanabhaswamy Temple be laid bare in the way it is being done? The secular should not overwhelm the sacred like this. The wealth belongs to Lord Vishnu and his devotees, no one else.