According to the news reports, accumulated gems and jewelry worth over 500 billion rupees (11.2 billion dollars) were “inventoried” by the State of Kerala after it was granted legal right by the Supreme Court to do so due to established “mismanagement” by the very longtime managers, descendants of the Travancore royal family. ¬†Travancore royalty was connected to the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple for centuries, and, if I’m not mistaken, some of the people portrayed in the dance/movie above were part of that family. ¬†(Plus, Ragini’s husband was directly related to Travancore royalty – as was discussed here somewhat before… And this was the first dance that flashed into my mind tonight when I read about the treasures.)

Oh, and here are a couple of short videos showing glimpses of the actual temple:


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