Allegation of gold and silver missing from Sabarimala

An auditing of the records of the strong room in which the gold and silver received as offering at Sabarimala Ayyappa temple will be conducted on Monday in the wake of certain mismatches in records. PTI file photo

An auditing of the records of the strong room in which the gold and silver received as offering at Sabarimala Ayyappa temple will be conducted on Monday in the wake of certain mismatches in records.

While there were unconfirmed reports that mismatches were found in records pertaining to about 40-kilogram gold and 100-kilogram silver, the Travancore Devaswom Board that manages the temple said that the allegations were baseless. Not even a gram of gold or silver will be missing, said the board president A Padmakumar.

Gold and other valuables received as an offering at the temple are kept at a strong room attached to a temple of the devaswom board at Aaranmula in Pathanamthita district. As per norms, proper entries have to be made while the gold in received as an offering and when it is shifted to the strong room. However, some mismatches were allegedly found in the records.

Considering complaints in this regard, the Kerala High Court had earlier ordered an audit of the offerings received at the temple. Auditing of records of the strong rooms would be done initially on Monday and if required a physical verification of the stock in the strong rooms would be performed, said sources.

Padmakumar alleged that a former employee of the devaswom board who faced some charges was triggering the baseless campaigns.

Kerala witnessed a similar row earlier with allegations of priceless items being missing from the vaults of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. But the allegations were not yet proved true.

 

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