New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has pronounced a verdict on the nine-year-old management dispute over the world’s richest Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple on Monday. It upheld the rights the erstwhile royal family of Travancore in the administration and management of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
SC reversed the Kerala High Court’s 2011 order that the rights of the royal family ceased to exist after the death of the last ruler of Travancore in 1991, it said the death of the last ruler will not result in revocation of rights of the family in favour of the Kerala government.
The country’s top court said that the death will not affect the rights of shebaitship of the family over the deity and they will survive as per custom. The court also approved the constitution of an interim committee headed by District Judge, Thiruvananthapuram to manage the affairs of the temple till a new committee is formed.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple was rebuilt in its present form in the 18th century by the Travancore Royal House which ruled Southern Kerala and some parts of Tamil Nadu till 1947.