Travancore Royals Oppose Centre’s Museum Project For Padmanabha Treasure

Thiruvananthapuram : The royal family of Travancore has expressed its disagreement over Centre’s Rs. 300 crore project that would display ancient treasures in an underground museum.

Union Minister Alphons Kannanhanam proposed the project shortly after visiting Sree Padmanabha temple to consider construction of “Swadeshi Darshan” project here.

Opposing the idea, the royals said the treasures shall not be subject to public display.

In 2012, the Supreme Court appointed an expert committee to estimate and document the treasures housed in the temple. The court had also recommended a feasibility study for putting up a museum for the treasure.

The expert audit had touched upon three aspects of the ancient treasures – antique jewelleries, gold for the temple and market value.

With regard to museum plans, the committee recommended display of 3D images and models considering the risk involved in public display.

Now Adithya Varma, the royal family representative has granted permission for displaying 3D images of jewellery.

While chamber of commerce, tourism associations and archaeologists are in favour of treasure display, various resident association in the capital stand by royals to oppose it.

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