$22 Billion Treasure Found In Indian Temple Vault

July 4, 2011
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India has been through many, many foreign invasions; the invaders often looted Hindu temples as their first order of business. This should help explain why:

Gold coins dating back to the era of the East India Company, sacks of diamonds and solid-gold idols are among the treasures that have been found in the sealed vaults of a 16th century Hindu temple, according to temple officials and news reports.

The treasure, which had been sealed for over a century, is estimated to be worth at least $22 billion – making Trivandrum’s Sree Padmanabhaswamy perhaps India’s richest temple.

But if this news evoked images of a gung-ho archeologist on a daring expedition, you’d be on the wrong track. The extraordinary discovery was spearheaded not by Kerala’s own Indiana Jones but by fine legal minds of India’s Supreme Court. Treasure-hunting marks a first for India’s top court, which in recent years has raised its voice and expanded its policy reach on issues ranging from land acquisition, to black money to malnutrition – positions that have sometimes pitted it against elected officials.

Despite the Supreme Court’s enterprising spirit, it was difficult to see this one coming. The court dispatched a team of seven – former judges and temple staff among them – to open the temple’s secret chambers, the first of which was unlocked June 27. Of the temple’s six chambers, four have been opened so far. The remaining two are likely to be examined between Monday and Tuesday.

Although most observers suspected the temple’s vaults contained a treasure of sorts, few expected to find possessions worth several billions of dollars there. The most precious finding so far appears to be a golden statue of the Hindu god Vishnu, studded with precious gems. A golden rope, a golden bow and golden coconut shells were among the most peculiar findings, which also included many precious bangles and necklaces, emeralds and antique silvers.

Whatever happens, Mr. Harikumar said the treasure is likely to stay with the temple. State officials agreed. “The wealth belonged to the temple and it will be preserved where it was found. There is religious and historical significance to the findings. The state will ensure its security,” said Oommen Chandy, Kerala’s recently elected chief minister, according to The Times of India.

59 Responses to $22 Billion Treasure Found In Indian Temple Vault

  1. rightwingyahoo on July 4, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Poli…….

  2. Those weren't bran muffins, Brainiac... on July 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    There is no “…Separation of Church and State…” in most countries…

  3. Those weren't bran muffins, Brainiac... on July 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    In other news…

    Humberto Leal was an illegal alien who brutally raped and murdered a 16 year old girl. His bite marks were found on her body.

    ONLY A RABID MUSLIM MYSOGYNIST (i.e., like the Taliban who execute female rape victims for adultery) WOULD WANT TO KEEP THIS FIEND ALIVE.

    Tell the President to stop helping the people who rape and murder Americans, get off the golf course, and start doing his job…

  4. Gerry Owen on July 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Fascinating. India as a country is torn between recognizing the good brought to them by the Brits through modernization and unification, while trying to reconcile that with the bitterness of subjagation and colonialisation.

    A Brit friend of mine read this article and said, “Good Show! hiding that stash for that long from the Raj….”

  5. anonymous un-RINO on July 5, 2011 at 3:34 am

    What did the limey lords “modernize” in India? Railroad? They only built railroad so they could steal more and more faster. They stole everything they could, and gunned down anybody who got in their way. India is one of the poorest and most backwards countries on earth.

    Now, the Dutch colonial influence has been shown to have been at least partially beneficial around the world… but the limeys? No. They were always greedy and murderous, and everybody finally figured it out, as we did 235 years ago.

  6. anonymous un-RINO on July 5, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Well, it looks like the kooky Left is finally accepting that the globe hasn’t been warming these past 10-15 years… despite the massive increase in emissions of the terribly evil carbon dioxide… and thus their kooky hockey stick models which have all predicted catastrophe are all worthless junk.

    That’s progress for the global warming kooks, I guess.

    But fortunately, the global warming kooks have come up with revised junk models, to include new stuff that their initial junk models somehow missed. I’m sure they’ve got it right this time, and that the planet will soon be burnt to a cinder.

    We’re in good hands with the global warming kooks. We can trust them this time, I’m sure.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/04/us-climate-sulphur-idUSTRE7634IQ20110704

  7. P-P-Poker Face on July 5, 2011 at 7:41 am

    and thus their kooky hockey stick models which have all predicted catastrophe are all worthless junk.

    ALL of their so called predictions are worthless junk.

    Call the liberal bluffs every time I say. It’s the only safe more there is since all they do is lie and spew their fear mongering. Just keep caling their bluffs, and watch them fold and cave one after another. And if they don’t cave, well then their so called “predictions” will be proven wrong again making them to be even more foolish than before and it will destroy any microscopic bit of trust they might have had left.

    Let the leftist uglies be the cause of their own downfall. They’re doing a pretty good job of it already, wouldn’t you say?

  8. Robbie on July 5, 2011 at 8:04 am

    There is no “…Separation of Church and State…” in most countries…

    …and one of the reasons why this country is great.

  9. Robbie on July 5, 2011 at 8:07 am

    the globe hasn’t been warming these past 10-15 years…

    …despite the fact that the warmest decade was the last decade.

  10. Bunu on July 5, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Ron Paul’s intrade stock plumments down to near zero.
    - RCP (late morning report)

  11. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 8:54 am

    …despite the fact that the warmest decade was the last decade.

    Well, the 9,100st warmest, in the last 10,000 years, actually, if you looked at the real history of the climate…

    and don’t forget that Medieval warming period, when the earth thrived under much warmer temps than today….

    Except for that, certainly….

  12. Alex on July 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Well, the 9,100st warmest, in the last 10,000 years, actually, if you looked at the real history of the climate…

    Incorrect. Although it would be fun if you linked to the “real history of the climate”.

    don’t forget that Medieval warming period, when the earth thrived under much warmer temps than today….

    The Medieval warming period was cooler than the last decade. Although it would be fun to look at your link.

  13. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 9:27 am

    ooo, look… the sock puppets are coming out.

  14. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Wow, the high priests of AGW sure keep a close eye on this little site, don’t they?

  15. Alex on July 5, 2011 at 9:38 am

    the sock puppets are coming out.

    Look up the definition of sock puppet.

    Wow, the high priests of AGW sure keep a close eye on this little site, don’t they?

    Yeah, I figured that you would retreat behind bluster.

  16. ATTILA on July 5, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Whereas alex retreats behind bullshit

  17. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 9:47 am

    you’re one of our usual trolls posting under a different name. Sock puppet.

    No, you goddamned lying little communist troll, you’re not lecturing me….

    According to the researchers, (who prefer the term Medieval Climate Anomaly or MCA), their analysis shows that some parts of the world were warmer in the MCA than today. “The reconstructed MCA pattern is characterised by warmth over a large part of the North Atlantic, Southern Greenland, the Eurasian Arctic and parts of North America, which appears to substantially exceed that of the modern late 20th century (1961 – 1990) baseline and is comparable to or exceeds that of the past one-to-two decades in some regions.” The North Pacific is relatively warm.

    http://www.thegwpf.org/the-observatory/163-mann-discovers-medieval-warm-period.html

  18. Mad Dog's mom on July 5, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Wow, the high priests of AGW sure keep a close eye on this little site, don’t they?

    My son posts on this website. I don’t think those AGW folks are interested in any site that my son would waste time on.

  19. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 9:53 am

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/12/29/don-easterbrooks-agu-paper-on-potential-global-cooling/

    The sun as climate driver, with predicted cooling coming up the next few years/decades..

    Of course look for the climate commies to issue each year hotter than previous year, not matter what. By 2020, they’ll be announcing a new global temp of 100C….

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/climate-fail-files/

    This is good reading…. lol

    The Claim: 50 million climate refugees will be produced by climate change by the year 2010. Especially hard hit will be river delta areas, and low lying islands in the Caribbean and Pacific. The UN 62nd General assembly in July 2008 said: …it had been estimated that there would be between 50 million and 200 million environmental migrants by 2010.

    The Test: Did population go down in these areas during that period, indicating climate refugees were on the move? The answer, no.

    The Proof: Population actually gained in some Caribbean Island for which 2010 census figures were available. Then when challenged on these figures, the UN tried to hide the original claim from view. See: The UN “disappears” 50 million climate refugees, then botches the disappearing attempt

    The Change in claim: Now it is claimed that it will be 10 years into the future, and there will be 50 million refugees by the year 2020.

  20. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 9:54 am

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/12/29/don-easterbrooks-agu-paper-on-potential-global-cooling/

    The sun as climate driver, with predicted cooling coming up the next few years/decades..

    Of course look for the climate commies to issue each year hotter than previous year, not matter what. By 2020, they’ll be announcing a new global temp of 100C….

  21. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 9:54 am

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/climate-fail-files/

    This is good reading…. lol

    The Claim: 50 million climate refugees will be produced by climate change by the year 2010. Especially hard hit will be river delta areas, and low lying islands in the Caribbean and Pacific. The UN 62nd General assembly in July 2008 said: …it had been estimated that there would be between 50 million and 200 million environmental migrants by 2010.

    The Test: Did population go down in these areas during that period, indicating climate refugees were on the move? The answer, no.

    The Proof: Population actually gained in some Caribbean Island for which 2010 census figures were available. Then when challenged on these figures, the UN tried to hide the original claim from view. See: The UN “disappears” 50 million climate refugees, then botches the disappearing attempt

    The Change in claim: Now it is claimed that it will be 10 years into the future, and there will be 50 million refugees by the year 2020.

  22. Alex on July 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Mr. rightwingyahoo, here is the first sentence from your link:

    “At first reading the message one takes from this research just published in the journal Science is that Michael Mann…”

    The following is from the Abstract of that article by Mann in Science:

    “The Medieval period is found to display warmth that matches or exceeds that of the past decade in some regions, but which falls well below recent levels globally.”

    The Medieval period FALLS WELL BELOW recent levels GLOBALLY.

  23. Rabbit on July 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

    The Claim: 50 million climate refugees will be produced by climate change by the year 2010.

    That was probably a typo, since it was stated in 2008. Desperation then turned the typo into a conspiracy.

  24. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 10:13 am

    No the data presented do not justify that at all.

    The paper starts off denouncing Manns Hockey stick as a massive worldwide joke.

    Then the conclusion is that the warming is equal to or exceeds recent warning, in some places, and is “anonimously cooler” in others.

    Does not come anywhere near saying the MWP falls well below the recent levels.

    Sorry.

    Mann is completely discredited.

    The authors of the link dispute his conclusions, and I was quoting THEIR conclusions, not Mann’s ……

    sorry, communist.

  25. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 10:15 am

    See, more sock puppets.

    That was probably a typo,

    Really, that’s what you’re attributing that to? A typo?

    hahaha.

  26. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

    But fortunately, the global warming kooks have come up with revised junk models, to include new stuff that their initial junk models somehow missed. I’m sure they’ve got it right this time, and that the planet will soon be burnt to a cinder.

    We’re in good hands with the global warming kooks. We can trust them this time, I’m sure.

    Ah yes. We can trust them to say the solution to the worlds NEXT non-existent climate problem is …

    wait for it…..

    More Global Socialism,

    which is a huge departure from the current solution to the CURRENT non existent climate problem, which was…

    Lemme find it here, hold on….

    More Global Socialism!

    Wow, I never would have guessed….never in 5 Medieval Warming Periods…..

  27. Mad Dog's Mom on July 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Please excuse my last post. I haven’t gotten over the theft of my beloved 24volt double-ended vibrator by MikeyW.

  28. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Hey Alex, you goddamned lying communist, why don’t you propose a new Unified Theory of Climate Change at your next church/politics/science hybridized meeting?

    It could go something like this:

    Gentlemen of the esteemed church of Global socialism!

    I propose the new unified theory of Climate Horsehit as follows!

    the ratio Taxes T, to Liberty L must expand in proportion to the level of Government Intrusiveness G.

    And the coefficient of Horseshit Alarmism H-subA will be the constant that links the two…

    SO we have :

    T/I, where T tends to infinity and L to zero, times HsubA (Horseshit alarmism) equals G, the total level of government Intrusiveness.

    {T/I] * H (a) = G…..

    There you go, you goddamned lying communist. There’s your new Unified Theory of Climate Change for the people, which of course you can exempt yourselves from at any time.

    Oh and experimental evidence suggests that H(a) is approximately equal to 2,587.288…

    Oh and piss off….

  29. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Oh and the Horseshit alarmism coefficient is derived as a multiple of the usual level if global warming alarming bulllshit.

    So, 2587.288 is two and a half thousand times the NORMAL level of AGW alarmist horseshit.

    Which is defined as the statistical mean of AGW alarmist horseshit between 2005 and 2010….

    So don’t forget that if you don’t want peer review to torch all your brilliant work….

  30. Alex on July 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Mr. rightwingyahoo, you definitely have an interesting world view. It must be difficult for you that so few people share it.

  31. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

    We’ll see exactly how many that is, in 2012, you goddamned lying communist.

    Won’t we?

  32. Franklin on July 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

    We’ll see exactly how many that is, in 2012…

    But then, your response to the 2008 election was to buy boxes of ammo, and so you take such things a little too seriously.

  33. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

    oh, look another sock puppet pops up!

    Yes, my response to the election of Barack Hussein Odinga Mugabe to the office of POTUS in the midst of a catastrophic failure of the corrupt banking system, and its’ incorporation into the corruption of the federal government under the tender mercies of a worthless RINO R president, who was willfully deceived, and whose position was backed by the worthless RINO running to replace him, and both of whom eventually and happily moved aside for the Marxist NIGHTMARE, legally unqualified, class warfarist, law breaking, investor robbing, tax raising, gun grabbing, amnesty peddling MISERABLE COMMUNIST REVOLUTIONARY, and quite literal SON OF A BITCH…..

    was to arm myself, and put approximately one quarter of my money into precious metals……

    …..decisions I am still quite pleased I made today.

  34. ATTILA on July 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Franklin

    July 5th, 2011 at 11:28 am
    We’ll see exactly how many that is, in 2012…

    But then, your response to the 2008 election was to buy boxes of ammo, and so you take such things a little too seriously.

    When the enemy within has his foot on your throat,it’s time to pay attention ,which someday you and you ilk will realize.

  35. Mad Dog's mom on July 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    My, my, I had no idea that Mad Dog’s friends were so “fringe-y”! I hope that he doesn’t move to Hayden Lake, Idaho, he might not visit his dear mom!

  36. Mad Dog's Mom on July 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    You can see how the theft of my vibrator has completely unhinged me from my last post.

  37. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I hope that he doesn’t move to Hayden Lake, Idaho, he might not visit his dear mom!

    Alex/Chris/Pluto/gba/wbh/asshole/pussyface/sockpuppet….

    Heh. You love to act like you don’t know who these others are, but you call post the same shit.

  38. True Grimes on July 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Alex/Chris/Pluto/gba/wbh/asshole/pussyface/sockpuppet…

    Just think, if they all stopped posting then just you and ATTILA would be left.

    It would be the equivalent of you two finally getting a room.

  39. ATTILA on July 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    We enjoy watching the lefty’s engage in their sodomistic menage a trois.

  40. ATTILA on July 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    fustercluck

  41. rightwingyahoo on July 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Ah ha ha haaaaa

    Aaaaaah haaa

    STUDY: The more people know about science, the less they believe in global warming. “The conventional explanation for controversy over climate change emphasizes impediments to public understanding: Limited popular knowledge of science, the inability of ordinary citizens to assess technical information, and the resulting widespread use of unreliable cognitive heuristics to assess risk. A large survey of U.S. adults (N = 1540) found little support for this account. On the whole, the most scientifically literate and numerate subjects were slightly less likely, not more, to see climate change as a serious threat than the least scientifically literate and numerate ones.”

    http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/123709/

    Ah hahahaha

    Ahhh ha.

  42. anonymous un-RINO on July 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    So, stupid people are more likely to believe in the global warming scam? What a shock.

    I’d say in the engineering field, it’s certain that the majority of us are skeptical, in my experience.

    Oh, and for the troll earlier still peddling the lie about the planet warming these past 10 years, the whole point of the study I linked to was that the global warming kooks, your buddies, are ACKNOWLEDGING that the planet has cooled these past 15 years, even as they publish their latest scam models as to how it’s going to burn to a crisp LATER.

    The hockey stick has just been put off a few years, in other words, by effects they weren’t even aware of when they first constructed their flawless models that we were to be in thrall to. The latest models are even more flawless though, so have faith.

    Smoke belching from Asia’s rapidly growing economies is largely responsible for a halt in global warming in the decade after 1998 because of sulphur’s cooling effect, even though greenhouse gas emissions soared, a U.S. study said on Monday.

    The paper raised the prospect of more rapid, pent-up climate change when emerging economies eventually crack down on pollution.

    World temperatures did not rise from 1998 to 2008, while manmade emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuel grew by nearly a third, various data show.

    The researchers from Boston and Harvard Universities and Finland’s University of Turku said pollution, and specifically sulphur emissions, from coal-fueled growth in Asia was responsible for the cooling effect.

  43. anonymous un-RINO on July 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    And I too can’t wait to see how this global warming scam plays in November 2012, troll.

    And you global warming kooks should probably take notice of lefty US Senate candidate Joe Manchin’s campaign commercial last Fall, the one showing him firing his scoped deer rifle into Obambi’s global warming bill, as an indication of where the mainstream of the country is at with this scam.

    And it sure ain’t with you global warming kooks.

    You goddamn lying communist.

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  46. Nutsonya Chinn on July 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I hope that he doesn’t move to Hayden Lake, Idaho,

    ….

    Beautiful country.

  47. ATTILA on July 6, 2011 at 5:33 am

    pluto/acroso/mikey/warner/et al moving to kalifornicate asap

  48. Alex on July 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Sorry for the stupid stuff I typed earlier. I was in a big panic becase I thought I heard my fatass mom coming down the hallway again and I was trying to hide from here so she wouldn’t make me give her another one of those fully body lotion massage again! I hate those and she weighs like a thousand pounds so it takes forever.

    Uh oh! I think she’s coming for me again!!
    Ruuuuuuun!!!

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