More on Padmanabhaswami Temple Treasure

July 12, 2011 at 12:21 am | Posted in ANCIENT INDIA, BULLY, Issues, Kerala | Leave a comment
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1. King Marthanda Varma usurped the crown from his King Uncle’s son, slaughtering the entire lot including the Nair chieftains who opposed it. The cruelty to the women folk was inhuman. This created extreme public anger against him. To continue would have been risky.

2. He therefore, suddenly gifted the kingdom to Padmanabha, and told the people that it is the deity’s crown and country now; so fight it at your own peril. The brilliant political trick paid off, and the people backed off.

3. The treasure consists of plunders from conquered small nearby kingdoms, wealth entrusted for safe keeping [but not returned] by kings and Malabar people fleeing from Tippu, confiscations from enemies of the kings etc. It is not ‘gifts to god’ by devotees.

4. The Royalty refused to sign the Accession unless they were allowed to keep the Temple as private property [among other real estate, aeroplane etc etc etc]. This was because their private get-away money was stored in the Temple. Duly influenced, VP Menon let them keep it all.

5. The time of the Accession was the time when the Royalty had been shooting dissenting people down for about 16 years under Sir. CP’s Divanship. The kingdom even tried to declare its sovereignty from India. Understandably, the people would have shot them all after Independence. They used the sword on Sir. CP, though.

6. The Padmanabha treasure thus has nothing divine about it. It was the Royalty’s slush get-away money. It has blood on it. Only what is left of it after private utilisation through the years, is now being discovered.

Compare Travancore’s Accession with that of Kochi or Cochin. [Travancore had declared itself independent and sent Ambassadors to other countries already].

Travancore haggled and bargained a lot before signing. They signed at all because Sir CP had been sword-hacked by the Freedom fighters and had to leave.

Now to Cochin. VP Menon has written that the Cochin Maharaja merely asked where to sign. Menon showed him where to. The Raja closed his eyes and sat back. Menon had a last minute fear that he was about to refuse. The Raja opened his eyes and uttered the invocation ‘poornathrayesha’ of the royal deity. He had only been praying before signing away his kingdom.

Menon asked whether the Family did not need anything at all. Could he not do anything for them? The Maharaja considered the question and said, ‘the Royal Press prints a Panchanga yearly. If a copy of it could be given every year, that would be enough’.

Menon writes that tears rose in his [Menon’s] eyes to be before such a great human being and King! He accepted the document weeping.

Marthanda Varma’s brutal saga is available in all history books.

From a small principality that remained south of the Karamana river , Travancore, with the help of the British got extended up to river Periyar in the north. With the help of a Brahmin minister Ramayyan all the principalities were subdued, many of these allied with the Dutch.

The state was surrendered to the Padmanabha Swamy temple by Marthanda Varma, under Tulu Brahmin priests, as a clever move to neutralize revolt. But it was an actual surrender to the British that resulted, completed by his heir Karthika Thirunal Rama Varma who consolidated the British connection and Travancore came under the British in 1795.

Travancore royalty are not Malayalis; they are Tamil conquerors. By Chathurvarnya, they are not Kshatriyas. They are Maravas.


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