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Treasures worth $10 BILLION discovered in secret underground chambers at Indian temple

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Indian-templeTREASURES discovered in secret underground chambers in a Hindu temple in southern India have been valued at more than £6.5 BILLION ($10.5 BILLION).


The incredible haul of gold and silver jewellery, coins and precious stones was uncovered in four underground vaults at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The ante-rooms have lain untouched for hundreds of years.

A fifth chamber has yet to be opened.

Kerala Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar: “We are yet to open one more secret chamber which has not been opened for nearly 140 years.”

The temple, dedicated to Hindu lord Vishnu, was built hundreds of years ago by the king of Travancore and donations by devotees have been kept in the temple's vaults since.

The final value of the haul will not be fully ascertained until the fifth chamber has given up its treasures and been examined by the archaeological department, Mr Jayakumar said.

A necklace found on Thursday was six metres long. Thousands of gold coins have also been found.

Since the revelations Indian special forces have been drafted in to provide security.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said: “Now it's known all over the world that the Padmanabhaswamy temple has jewels worth billions of rupees we have decided to assign it maximum security.”



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