SC maintains royal family’s authority over management of Sripadmanabha Swamy

The Supreme Court on Monday quashed the Kerala High Court’s order of 31 January 2011, asking the state government to set up a trust to take control of the capital and management of the historic Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. The apex court upheld the rights of the Travancore royal family in the administration of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. 

A bench headed by Justice UU Lalit said that as an interim step the administrative committee managing the affairs of the temple will be chaired by the district judge of Thiruvananthapuram. The apex court gave this decision while hearing the petitions challenging the order of the High Court in this case. One of these petitions was filed by the legal representatives of the Travancore royal family. 

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is counted among the wealthiest temples in the country. 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.