The Supreme Court has recognized the authority of the royal family of Travancore in the management of the Padmanabhaswamy temple. The committee headed by the District Judge of Thiruvananthapuram will presently oversee the temple arrangements. This system will remain until the formation of the main committee. The royal family will also have an important role in the main committee.
The management and administration dispute over the financial mess at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram was pending in the court for nine years. The decision of the Kerala High Court was challenged in the Supreme Court by the former royal family of Travancore. The temple has assets of about two lakh crore rupees.
This grand temple was reconstructed in its present form in the 18th century by the Travancore royal family, who ruled southern Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu adjacent to it before merging with the Indian Union in 1947.
Even after independence, the temple continued to be run by a trust controlled by the erstwhile royal family, whose deity is Lord Padmanabha (Vishnu).
The High Court had directed the state government to take steps to form a body or trust to manage the temple, its properties and to operate the temple in accordance with the conventions.
The apex court had on May 2, 2011 stayed the High Court’s directive regarding the management of the temple and control over properties. The temple came into the limelight when its wealth was exposed in its treasures. It now ranks as the world’s richest temple.