How much gold does this mysterious Padmanabha Swamy temple hold?

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Beyond the gates of the Padmanabha Swamy temple  is a secret that nobody knows about! Very few know about this haunted destination and its mysterious past. Some people say that this temple contains an enormous amount of gold and silver. And, do you know that there is a hidden basement in this building which contains millions of dollars worth of jewels, guarded by snakes and cobras?

Won’t you be interested to know more about this interesting place?

You’d be amazed to know that this temple was unknown to millions of Indians until a few years back!. It burst upon the world travel scene one fine day, much like the pyramids of Egypt.

Where is the Padmanabha Swamy temple?

Ever been to Kerala? I am sure you have. If not, then google “Kanyakumari district”. This temple is located in this Kerala district. By the way, Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of India and is also called Cape Comorin .

$22billion and counting

Holy moly! I just discovered that this temple contains  at least $22 billion of gold in its vaults! That is a lot of money! Perhaps this money exceeds the GDP of many small nations in the world like Fiji and Pakistan. All this gold is stored in the eight vaults of this sixteenth-century temple.Perhaps, the Padmanabha Swamy temple is the wealthiest place of worship in the world. And no, we are not talking about the historical value of the jewels. If we started calculating the antique value of all this jewellery, then its value will reach trillions of dollars!

And, who made this temple?

That is a mystery. Nobody knows who made this temple. However, the locals say that the Padmanabhaswamy temple has been in existence since the start of Kalyug.  Now I will have to explain to you what the term, ‘Kalyug ‘means.

You see, in India, we divide time  into four phases depending upon the presence of virtue in the world. There are four phases, Krityug, Satyug, Dwapar Yug, and Kalyug. We define Krityug as   that phase when the world was permeated by virtue and truth. As time passed, the percentage of virtue started decreasing. Lies, deceit, greed grew in the society at the cost of truth and virtue. In Kalyug, lies, untruth and deceit rule supreme. Each phase lasts several thousand years. The current phase of Kalyug has just started ( and it has been several thousand years since the beginning of this phase ).

The temple records say that it was built on the 964th day of the beginning of Kalyug.

Padmanabhswamy temple and Sangam literature

Do you know about the Sangam literature?

No? Again google it.

This literature is very ancient in origin and history. Perhaps, it goes back to more than 2,600 years back. This literature contains records of the social history of South India and is a gold mine of knowledge and information.  You can say that the Sangam literature is a guide to improving our lives. Well, so our Padmanabha Swamy temple is mentioned in this literature several times.

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The ‘gopuram’ or the spire of Padmanabha Swamy temple

Who is the temple is devoted to?

This ancient place of worship is devoted to Lord Vishnu who is the protector of all the virtuous people in the world. He also goes by the name, Padmanabha. This word, ‘Padmanabha’ means one who has a lotus springing from one’s navel. Many images of Lord Vishnu show him reclining on his celestial bed and a lotus flower arising from his navel.

‘Swamy’ means Lord.

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Lord Padmanabha Swamy. Lord Bramha-creator of this Universe- is sitting atop the lotus, creds- Flickr

The temple and its treasures

Thankfully, we now know how much this temple contains gold, silver and other forms of jewellery. I will try to list some items in the temple’s inventory but list may be incomplete. Here goes:

  1. An 18-foot-long gold chain
  2. A gold sheaf weighing 500 kilograms
  3. A 36 kilo golden veil
  4. There are 1200 gold -coin chains which are encrusted with precious stones
  5. Several sacks filled with gold coins, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, necklaces, diadems
  6. Hundreds of gold pots
  7. Crowns made of gold
  8. There is also a  dress for the deity which is made of pure gold
  9. An 800 kilo hoard of gold coins dating back to the 2nd century, B.C. The price of each of these gold coins is Rs. 2 crores , at least.
  10. A golden throne meant for the 18 feet long deity

The current market value of all this wealth is not less than $220 billion.

Now the question arises- where did all this money come from? Well, all this booty came from the tributes paid to the Lord by numerous dynasties like the Cheras, Cholas, Pandyas etc but, many offerings also came from Mesopotamia, Rome and other foreign kingdoms.

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Much more than the British Crown Jewels

Queen Elizabeth, take a bow! The combined value of all the gems and jewellery of the Padmanabha Swamy temple is much much more than that of your Crown Jewels!

But, did I tell you this- one vault of this temple is still unopened!

The Mysterious vault B

The story of Padmanabha Swamy temple will be incomplete without talking about this mysterious vault. What does it contain? Who guards this vault? Has anyone ever opened this vault?

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The mysterious Vault B

The devotees believe that this secretive room contains arms and other objects of the presiding deity. The main arm of Lord Vishnu or Padmanabhaswamy is the Chakra or a disc which has several blades. This room also contains several valuables belonging to the Lord. No one can enter this room and the doors are guarded by the images of  snakes and other terrifying animals.

Emily Gilchrist came to India in 1933. She visited Kerala that year and has recorded some details of this famous temple. Gilchrist says that some people tried to enter the Vault B in 1908. However, when they entered the cellar, they found the room infested with snakes and cobras! This event happened in 1908 and since then, entry to this secret basement has been banned.

How to reach Padmanabhaswamy Temple?

This temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of the Indian state of Kerala. Reaching the city is very easy. You can either book your flight or train to Thiruvananthapuram from any other Indian city.

If you are a train lover, then book your train by accessing this website:

Did you like this article and would you like to plan a trip to this temple? Please let me know so that I can help  you in this regard.

Please note one thing. If you are a non-Hindu, then you will not be able to enter this temple. However, you can still take snaps of this building from the outside.







  1. Wow, I actually couldn’t stop saying wow to this blog post of yours. Truly, this temple is really one of a kind. I haven’t seen anything like this before and very interesting. They truly have invested so much on it, but it was really worth it after all. I might probably won’t get tired to gaze at it even for the whole day. It is just so amazing. Thank you so much for sharing another amazing and stunning Indian temple with us.

  2. And they say India is a poor country 🙂 It’s just that the wealth is concentrated in either these holy shrines and temples or with select strong businessmen and politicians. Coming to the temple, it is an old and beautiful temple . I do plan to go to Thiruvananthapuram. Will try to visit here

  3. Oh wow I’ve never heard about this temple before. It’s really interesting and mysterious to know that it there is a hidden basement which contains millions of dollars worth of jewels and $22 billion gold. The architecture of the temple is also very intricate and beautiful. I’m curious to know what’s behind that second vault.

  4. The Padmanabhaswamy temple is really majestic and a must visit place in India. Yes after the discovery of the treasures it has come more in the media and public glare, but the temple is a great piece of architectural work in itself. Have loved visiting the place a number of times.

  5. This is the first time I’ve heard of Padmanabha Swamy Temple but it is indeed amazing. I hope to be able to visit the place once we reach India. They really placed a let of effort on this temple. It’s a must that we would be able to visit this place! Thanks for the detailed information on this!

  6. Oh wow, it’s crazy to know that temple alone holds billions of gold, and not knowing who made the temple made it more interesting and mysterious! There is really no such thing as poor country!!

  7. Given the fact that it holds many treasures, the security must be really tight? Amazing how they’re able to preserve it, and the story definitely makes it more interesting. The intrigue, the mystery of that secret vault, all sound compelling to me. Makes me wanna enter the vault too, but if there are snakes in there then okay, let’s forget about it hahaha…

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