SC to consider opening ‘Vault B’ at Padmanabhaswamy temple
New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India will consider the petitions seeking the opening of vault ‘B’ in Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram after hearing all the parties. The court made the pronouncement while considering a batch of petitions filed by Travancore royal family against the High Court verdict which directed the state government to take over the temple.
While considering these pleas, the state government and other parties requested the court to settle the disputes over opening of vault ‘B’ in the temple.
However, the royal family opposed the opening of the vault claiming that it will lead to issues related to faith and belief. They also asserted that Padmanabhaswamy temple is a public temple.
Adv. Krishnan Venugopal appeared for the temple trustee Rama Varma in the court. The lawyer pointed out that the apex court, in its statement on July 4, 2017 had pronounced that opening of vault ‘B’ will be considered after the final hearing in the case on the temple administration.
“I strongly oppose the High Court verdict which declared the trustee has no rights over the temple. The King of Travancore constructed the temple. Later, he dedicated his princely state named Travancore to Lord Padmanabhaswamy in 1750. The King himself declared as servant of the presiding deity,” said the lawyer explaining the historical tie up of the royal family with the temple.
He condemned the High Court verdict which observed all temples belong to Devaswom board.
The hearing in the case will continue on Wednesday before the bench headed by Justice UU Lalit. Earlier, the state government had informed the apex court that legislation is the only solution to settle the dispute over temple administration. The government also informed that ity is ready to form a new board in the model of Guruvayur temple for this purpose.