A large number of gold pots are missing from Kerala temple
Thiruvananthapuram: As many as 769 Gold pots worth Rs 186 crores have gone missing from the famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.
According to the reports submitted to Supreme Court by the then Comptroller and Auditor-General of India, Vinod Rai,"Gold weighing 263 kg were missing from the treasure found in the vaults of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple.
Rai said," Administrative committee of the temple is weak which requires an improvement and a detail probe is needed in this case."
According to the report,
- Each gold pot was allotted a different serial number.
- Pots bearing a number from one to 1000 were used till July 2002.
- The pot taken out by Rai on April 1, 2011 showed the serial number '1988' which means that there were at least 1988 gold pots available in various kallaras.
- Reports also stated that 822 pots were melted for the ornamental works.
- Excluding 822 pots, there should have been at least 1166 pots left but the pots featuring serial numbers till 397 were only found.
- Rai said," there is a shortage of 769 gold pots worth Rs 186 crores.