Comments on: Battle intensifies in Kerala for Hindu temple’s $22 billion treasure Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: rakbhima Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:47:26 +0000 First of all, the report is false in some aspects.
There was no undearthing of treasure-troves.
It was mere opening of the vaults of the temple for an inventory to be preapred under court-order, a rich temple,a temple with a deity who was once the nominal head of the State and on whose behalf the Kings ruled.Offerings are made at temples and in the course of its 2000 year history,the vaults have become quite rich.
Some of the items are used daily for the temple service and hence those vaults are opened daily for the purpose.They themselves are vaulable artifacts,infact the temple idol is itself gold and would we think of valuing it and selling it off through sotheby’s? but they have a sanctity associated with them infact most of the items do,as they were offerings.
Legally all items belong to the temple and the royal family has the custodianship which of course does not mean the right to do away with it.
This is a within-temple matter and the court had ordered the inventory for mere documentation purpose and in order to prevent any mismanagement within the organisation.
There is infact no need for anyone to suggest or demand how the ”spoils” should be divided!