It will soon be known just how much treasure is hidden in an Indian temple when investigators begin prying open the final vault. Over the last week, six of the five underground chambers at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple have been unsealed, revealing a massive haul of gold. The discovery at the Hindu holy building in Trivandrum, the capital of southern state of Kerala, is so far estimated at almost 14 million euros.
Temple devotee S N Reghuchandran Nair thinks there will ultimately be more:
“No doubt the value of what they have indicated here is very conservative. Once the real value comes out, I am quite sure that the wealth is much more than what has been valued now… that’s what I feel.”
Police have been posted to guard the temple day and night to stop looters getting their hands on the tonnes of gold coins and jewellery. However, in a country where 450 million people live in poverty, a fierce debate is under-way about what to do with the new-found wealth.