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Don't move out temple wealth: Astrologers' panel

Last updated on: August 10, 2011 10:05 IST

'Taking treasures out of temple would lead to ominous fallout'

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The 'Deva Prasnam' at Sree Padmanabhasway temple in Thiruvananthapuram, being conducted to ascertain the divine will through astrology, has found that the huge riches found in the shrine's vaults should not be moved out.

Taking the huge treasures out of the temple complex would lead to an ominous fallout and even affect the sanctity of the shrine itself, Madhur Ranga Bhat, who heads the panel of astrologers, told reporters on Tuesday evening.

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Image: Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram

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'Serious lapses in the conduct of rituals of the temple'

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The exercise also cautioned against opening one of the yet to be examined vaults as it is below the sanctum sanctorum, where the idol of Lord Vishnu in reclining posture stands, Bhat said.

The 'deva prasnam' found there had been serious lapses in the conduct of rituals and customs of the temple, which could affect even the nation, the astrologer said.

These aspects would be further examined on the concluding day of the ritual on Wednesday and the panel would summarise the findings and prescribe 'pariharakriyas', the rituals to be performed to overcome the shortcomings, he said.

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SC appointed team to meet to discuss how to evaluate treasures

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The ritual was conducted at the 'natakasala' building at the eastern street of the temple.

Meanwhile, the five-member committee appointed by the Supreme Court to scientifically evaluate the treasures found in the vaults is scheduled to meet in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday to discuss on how to proceed on the task entrusted with it.

The committee, headed by Director of National Musueum C V Ananda Bose, had an initial meeting last week.


Image: Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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