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$20B Treasure Trove Discovered

Experts have discovered a huge treasure underneath the Hindu temple of Padmanabha Swamy in the city of Thiruvanthapuram in India. The temple serves as a shrine to the Hindu Lord Vishnu. The shrine has been around since the 10th century, but the six offering vaults have been sealed since the 1930s. But this week, five vaults have been opened. About $20 billion in treasure was found. The sixth vault has yet to be opened because it is sealed with special locks, but it is thought to contain even more riches. Hari Kumar, a temple official, said, “Though we knew that offerings made to the temple by devotees for the last 500 years were lying in these secret cellars, the scale of the treasure has definitely surprised us.”

July 5, 2011 10:24 AM