Not aware of loss of Temple jewellery, says Kerala Minister

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on March 12, 2018

The Kerala Minister in charge of Devaswom has said that the State Government has not received any report on loss of priceless gold and silver from the Padmanabhaswamy temple here.

Speaking on the floor of the Assembly, he also sought to deny accusations that the Government was in cahoots with the royal family of Travancore, traditional custodian of the temple administration, in the matter.


The Government had only heard about media reports suggesting wrongdoings at the temple. It would like to play straight in the matter and rather go by the directions issued by the Supreme Court, the Minister added.

It would make known its position in the case to the Court before August 6, Sivakumar said.

Intervening in the discussion, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the large holding of gold and silver in the temple acquired over centuries was a testimony to the immaculate credentials of the royal family.


He reiterated that it was unfair to cast aspersions on the family for whatever has been reported in the form of news and observations in the media.

The Chief Minister he was open to the suggestion of converting the massive holding of precious and antique jewellery at the temple into a museum.

The State government would seek the concurrence of the Supreme Court in the matter, Chandy added.

Published on June 18, 2014

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