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Royal family hails SC verdict on Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple

In its judgement on Monday, the apex court upheld the Travancore royal family's right to manage Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple situated in Thiruvananthapuram. The District Judge will head a five-member committee to administer the temple as an interim arrangement. Lord Vishnu is the principal deity at the temple, seen reclining on Anantha.

NEW DELHI, July 15: The Supreme Court has upheld the rights of the Travancore royal family in the administration of the historic Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the richest temple in India.

A two-judge bench of justices UU Lalit and Indu Malhotra also ordered that the District Judge of Thiruvananthapuram will head an administrative committee comprising of five members to run the day-to-day affairs of the temple as an interim measure.

This interim arrangement will continue till the constitution of a newly formed committee, the Supreme Court said.

The court said death of Travancore ruler who signed covenant does not affect the shebaitship of the family. The 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 royal family said they are happy with the judgement. Travancore royal family member Adithya Varma said, "We wholeheartedly welcome the judgment. It re-establishes our family's connection with Lord Sree Padmanabha." The Kerala Government also welcomed the judgement.

The apex court set aside the Kerala High Court's 2011 verdict asking the State Government to set up a trust to manage the assets of the temple.

On April 10, 2019, a Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices UU Lalit and Indu Malhotra had reserved its judgement on the pleas challenging the January 31, 2011 verdict of the Kerala High Court.

The temple had come into limelight in a controversy over rights to the invaluable treasures said to be hidden in its underground vaults.

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