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    SC upholds Travancore royal family's right in administration of Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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    ​The landmark judgement
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    ​The landmark judgement

    The Supreme Court upheld the rights of the royal family of Travancore in the administration of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is one of the world's richest temples.


    The century-old Vishnu temple was traditionally managed by the temple's heirs, former Travancore ruler Marthanda Varma, for more than 1000 years.

    ​The royal family of Travancore
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    ​The royal family of Travancore

    Allowing the appeal filed by members of the royal Travancore family, the supreme court observed that the death of the last Travancore ruler, who signed the covenant, does not affect the rights of the Shebaitship Travancore family over the temple. The rights will survive as per the customs, SC ordered.

    ​A long chronology
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    ​A long chronology

    The last ruler of Travancore continued to manage the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple by virtue of powers conferred on him, until his death in 1991.


    The issue had reached the court in the wake of charges of alleged financial irregularities.

    As an interim arrangement, a bench had approved a committee under Thiruvananthapuram District Judge to oversee the administration of the temple till the constitution of a new committee.

    ​Petitions
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    ​Petitions

    The supreme court's judgement came after a batch of petitions challenged the Kerala High Court's order dated January 31, 2011, which had directed the Kerala government to set up a body or trust to the temple affairs including its assets and management.

    However, the apex court had stayed the High Court's order on the same.

    ​Age old treasure
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    ​Age old treasure

    The apex court had also directed the Kerala government for preparation of an inventory of the Kallara (vaults) A to F. Although the Supreme court later clarified that vault B would not be opened without express orders of the Supreme Court.


    In 2011, a team mandated by the Supreme Court opened five other vaults and inventory unveiled a wealth of Rs 1 lakh crore in the form of jewellery, idols, weapons, utensils, and coins.

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