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Monday, July 4, 2011

Oh!...My Lord Shree Padmanabha…!

One Hundred Thousand Crores and still counting….?!! I don’t know whether Gandhiji, his predecessors and his successors who started and led the freedom movement realized the magnitude of the wealth looted by British at that point of time! But, for sure, the common man of India had neither realized nor recognized the essence or spirit of wealth we had as a country of many Kingdoms…! We, as kids learnt that there was a ‘Kohinoor’ diamond which was transported to Britain along with many other precious metals. But what we really don’t know is the total estimated worth looted by all invaders, right from the predecessors of Mughals up-till British, apart from our modern day corrupt politicians, who are no different from those invaders!

Understanding the fact that ‘Travancore Dynasty’ was one of the smallest Kingdoms of India, one should be able to imagine the quantum of wealth we would have had in our country, as Kingdoms in northern parts of India were much larger in terms of geographical jurisdiction and power?! Now, it is time for us to thank the 'Travancore Dynasty' for safe guarding (for whatever reason) this wealth from all those invaders, with remarkable intelligence/ wisdom! If we could measure the age of these ‘Nilavaras’ (Store Rooms/ Vaults) and their last closure, we can actually arrive at a hypothetical probability of reasons and geo-political compulsions of this cover up…!!

What is important, is to have an extensive research initiated to get information on all the dynasties of India and accordingly each of their ‘Paradevata’ temples (Family Temples) can be checked for any such storage places, which may lead us to more hidden treasures across the country and enrich the GDP of the country.

What need to be done with this wealth is to be discussed in length & breadth with the awaited Supreme Court verdict as the base of the discussions. However, the heritage values of these assets are huge and there can be a world standard museum built under the temple trust with advanced security systems in place. We may require international expertise to implement this with strict timelines and clear deadlines for completion.

There are many interpretations regarding accumulation of this wealth in the temple. The Kings of Travancore Dynasty were known as ‘Padmanabha Dasa’ (The Servants of Lord Padmanabha) as they had dedicated their Kingdom to ‘Lord Padmanabha’ and when every dispute was resolved by the ‘King’, the penalty was donated to the ‘Lord’ and hence obviously the wealth would have got accumulated in the temple. This contradicts my earlier view of possibility of having such treasures across the country with various dynasties as their practices were different. However, my point is to open a thought process towards a huge opportunity for establishing our supremacy not only in the knowledge, cultural and spiritual spheres, but also in the areas of craft and wealth and of course, more such exposures truly will enrich and inspire our growth as well.

11 comments:

VIBHUISM.IN said...

very well written & interesting 2 read !!!

Vinod Vadasseri said...

Well said mate , very well said :-)

Vinod Vadasseri.

PaddyPal said...

Thank you...Vibhu and Vinod

S.L Raj Kumar said...

Very Interesting & Thoughtful...

Ram Mohan said...

Dear pappetta,

what is my prayer is..... this should not be the begining of, people may start to dig all temples expecting something like this.........oh my god ......

regards

ramu

PaddyPal said...

Dear Ramu,

You are right! Our people are greedy and insensitive enough to start indiscriminate digging in all the temples, if given a chance...! That's why I told that there should be an initiative to do enough research on the dynasties and their family temples and of course, there should not be any digging and only if there's any indication of such visible vaults, then a special sanction can be obtained to open it.

Thank you for your comment with lot of foresight.

Regards

Pappettan

Chandra Sekharan Menon said...

Dear Paddy
Very well said. I fail to understand why we need "International expertise?" I sincerely believe that we should leave it to the "dynasty" themselves as "Sree Padhmanaabha Daasaa" and are capable of doing good for the Humanity.
That is my feeling of course.
Chandrasekharan Menon

PaddyPal said...

Dear Chandran Uncle,

Yes. You're right. It should be under the Temple Trust completely managed by the dynasty. However, the international expertise, I referred was only for design & installation of the security system and not for maintaining it. So far, it was a hidden bounty but no more...!There were lots of duplication and pilferage happened in the past with lot of article in many of our existing museums with almost no or inferior security systems. As this revelation seems to be worth at par with Paris or British Museum, we need to have to have security systems at par with those as well!! I wrote this on 4th July and yesterday's (8th July) times editorial mentions similar thoughts with a caption 'God's Own Museum'...Plz go through the following link to read...

http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=TOINEW&BaseHref=TOIH/2011/07/08&PageLabel=12&EntityId=Ar01205&ViewMode=HTML

Thank you very much for the comment...

ganga said...

My comments are in my blogs.....

http://hindu-beliefs.blogspot.com/2011/07/padmanabha-swami-temple-treasure.html

http://hindu-beliefs.blogspot.com/2011/07/sree-padmanabha-swami.html

ganga said...

Please read my comments on Padmanabhaswami as my blogs

http://hindu-beliefs.blogspot.com/2011/07/sree-padmanabha-swami.html

http://hindu-beliefs.blogspot.com/2011/07/padmanabha-swami-temple-treasure.html

PaddyPal said...

Would like to post this link of a news item contemplating similar thoughts of all of us....

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/padmanabha-swamy-temple-treasure-tharoor-backs-travancore-royals/1/143847.html