The Supreme Court has given its verdict in the Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy temple case and said the vault `B` or the secret chamber of the temple will not be opened till an integrated and multi-layered security cover is provided. Local superstition warns of bad luck if it is entered and hence Vault B has not been touched so far. The Supreme Court has said that while it will be mindful of tradition, faith and the sentiments of devotees, it will decide when the vault should be opened at its own discretion and not in consultation with priests.
The apex court said, “The expert committee should go ahead with the preservation and conservation of other vaults, ” . The ornaments, cash and gold discovered at Kerala’s Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple need to be digitally archived before the last secret chamber is forced open, said the Supreme Court.
Five of the six underground vaults at the 16th-century temple have so far been explored. They have delivered unimaginable treasure, worth a reported 100,000 crores, donated by devotees led by the former royal family of Travancore.