A good part of the precious jewels in the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple’s store of wealth had been stolen and some were gravely damaged.
This surprising revelation was made in the story of the advocate commissioners, deputed by the Thiruvananthapuram principal sub judge in 2008 to open the underground chambers of the temple and take out pooja utensils for the yearly Alpasi festival.
The commissioners, who opened two chambers, namely the Vyasarcone Kallara and Nithyadi Ara, found that 14 green colored stones of the thankakkuda, a golden umbrella with hanging tassels made of gold and green stones, were not working. Some of the clothes were missing. There were cracks in the umbrella, also.
Also, 44 golden hooks of vellippidyswarnakkuda, the golden umbrella with silver handle, were set up missing.
Instead these were replaced by hooks prepared of other metals.
The mulapalika with complicated designs and carvings had also developed cracks.
Two of the four silver bells of the kumbheeyam were also missing.
The commissioners suggested that the 11 gold articles stored inside the nila anki koottam, a big wooden box, should be weighed and numbered.
They also wanted the chaturbahi anki, a golden model of the deity used for processions, to be weighed for safety reasons.
The report states that the palace delegate and their lawyer had strongly conflicting a move to take the sample weight of one item in every category.
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