The huge treasure found in the Sree Padmanabhaswami temple in Thiruvananthapuram was the “exclusive property” of the Travancore royal family which dedicated its kingdom to the presiding deity, Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi said on Tuesday.

“For long the erstwhile royal family was the custodian of the temple and it dedicated its kingdom to Lord Sree Padmanabhaswami. The treasure was the offerings made by the erstwhile rulers to the temple, hence the recovery belongs to the royal family,” he told PTI here.

“However, the treasure should be kept in the temple cellars itself,” he said.

The deity of Padmanabhaswami temple is the family deity of the Travancore royal family.

Members of the erstwhile royal family pledged that they will live as servants of Padmanabha. The shrine is run by a trust floated by the Travancore royal house.

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