The Mystery Behind the Last Door of Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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The Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu Temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital of Kerala, India. The temple is built in an intricate fusion of the Chera style and the Dravidian style of architecture, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century gopura.

It’s one of the richest Hindu temples in India. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Padmanabhaswamy temple finds it is first mention in the ancient texts of Tamil literature. Located in Thiruvananthapuram, this Lord Vishnu’s temple is run by a trust spearheaded by the Royal family of Travancore, making it one of the rarest temples in Kerala to be managed by a royal lineage.

Replica of the famous Sri Adikesavaperumal temple in Thiruvattar, the Padmanabhaswamy temple has a secret associated with it. This temple has six vaults built under its Sanctorum. From these, five of the vaults have been opened, but there is this one secret vault that remains unopened till date. It is believed that the opening of this vault could make the Lord extremely angry and annoyed.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple, with 6 vaults full of treasure, is one world’s richest. One of the richest shrines in the world, Padmanabhaswamy Temple has 6 vaults denoted as Vault A, Vault B, Vault C, Vault D, Vault E, and Vault F. These vaults are also called chambers, which are full of a treasure whose worth is in billion.

The sixth hidden vault B of this temple is believed to store many hidden treasures. Though many assume that it was and will never be opened, records have cited that the hidden vault was indeed opened on many instances in the past – twice in 1990 and five times in 2002.

The story of the Padmanabhaswamy temple has been a mystery to people living around it. There are many stories, films, and documentaries about this film, trying to explore and explain its treasure. Indiana Jones and Ali Baba – the Forty Thieves are the best movies that are weaved around this temple. 

According to the ancient mysterious texts, the temple has a total of 6 vaults that are shrouded, accordingly. The legend says that an ancient curse has been defiled on the temple. All the treasure of the temple is said to be stored in 6 different vaults.

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There are numerous superstitions and myths surround the secret vault. Many staunch believers feel that anybody who tries to open this secret vault will face a curse or vengeance. History shows many tales and sagas to vouch for this ideology.

It is also believed that the door of this chamber is protected by the Snake-God and thus can be opened only by sadhus who can chant the ‘Garuda Mantra’. But there is no sadhu in India who can chant this mantra. 

Many officials of the Padmanabhaswamy temple also believe that this hidden chamber should not be opened using man-made techniques as it could lead to major catastrophes. Many Hindu mythological experts have also validated this ideology.

As of now, the people on our side of the door can listen to the sounds of water or hisses made by snakes. Believers say that the sixth door has an opening when the entire temple and areas may be flooded with waters and some others say, that large serpents are guarding the area inside, they do not allow anyone. The day to know what’s behind is still awaited. 

For ages, Vedic astrologers excelled in predictions, numerous historical incidences right from the occurrence of the Mahabharat War to the partition of India-all were correctly predicted.

There have been many attempts across the world to open the temple but all of them, to futile. In 1930, various hunters planned to open the temple; only to die under the serpents that emerged from the vaults.

Written By - Violet Priscilla S

Edited By - Anamika Malik