The Travancore royal family holds a significant share of the country’s gold reserves. This royal family has a history of wealth and power. After losing control of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, the family was reunited with it in 2020.
Travancore Royal Family – Who are they?
Travancore was a separate region from India before independence, and the Travancore royal family ruled the area. In 1949, the royal family lost all rights to power as the kingdom of Travancore became one with India, thus removing all rights of their rulers.
The last ruling Maharaja of Travancore was Shree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, who died in 1991, leaving no heirs to the throne. After his death, his younger brother Shree Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma took control, who died in 2013 and succeeded by Shree Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma, son of Maharani Karthika Thirunal Lakshmi Bayi.
Being a guardian of the Shree Padmanbhaswamy temple is in itself a powerful position. However, Shree Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma is nothing more than a titular ruler of the Travancore Kingdom.
The Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple case:
In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled out public petitions demanding that the Travancore royal family step down as the last ruler to waive custody rights.
The Travancore royal family have won a nine-year legal battle before the Supreme Court for control of the world’s richest temple, the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.
Wealth of the Travancore royal family of Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple In 2011, in front of the High Court, the vaults of the centuries-old temple were opened. A 9,000 kilogram reserve of gold and a huge stockpile of valuable diamonds were discovered in the secret chambers, estimated to be worth Rs 1.4 crore lakh, according to Aljazeera.
The Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Travancore royal family gave them custody of the temple, making them the rightful owner of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple.
This massive treasure makes Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple the richest temple in the world.