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Last vault to be opened on Monday to complete unearthing temple treasure

The last unopened ‘C’ vault of the Padmanabhaswamy temple would be opened on Monday following the apex court’s nod to go ahead for preparing the inventory of the temple treasure.

The panel headed by M V Nair, which was formed following the court order, said, “Today we will prepare an inventory of the items in ‘E’ and ‘F’ vaults. It has been decided to open ‘C’ vault on Monday.”

The temple has six secret chambers tagged A, B, C, D, E and F — each containing a treasure trove with valuable gold ornaments, antique silver and brass dishes and many golden idols and coins.

The panel has estimated the value of the treasures found in the vaults of the 16th century Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple last year at $23 billion.

The 500-year-old temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is unique in terms of architecture and mythology, with legends of a curse protecting the long-hidden treasure.

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