The mysterious door of the ancient Padmanabhaswamy temple is protected by two massive cobras painted on it and has no bolts, latches or any other means of entry. It is said to house unimaginable wealth, and can only be entered by a high level ‘SADHUS’ familiar with the knowledge of chanting a ‘GARUDA MANTRA’.
It is believed that door—which has no bolts, latches or any other means of entry—was sealed shut by sound waves from a secret chant lost in time.
Hindu priests say that at present, there is no human capable of opening this door by executing these chants.
It is a glorious ancient temple which rightfully holds the title as the wealthiest institution and place of worship of any kind in the recorded history of the world, with an estimated $22 billion worth of gold and jewels stored in underground vaults.
Its gold-plated exterior shows only a small portion of its true glory.
Located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, this ancient temple features 8 underground vaults out of which only 5 have been opened and explored.
The Temple has been referred to in the (only recorded) Sangam Period of literature between 500 B.C and 300 A.D several times. The temple is one of the 108 principal Divya Desams (“Holy Abodes”) in Vaishnavism, and is glorified in the Divya Prabandha.
Curiously, there isn’t a single historic record that mentions the EXACT date when the temple was founded.
Many extant pieces of Sangam Tamil literature and poetry, and even the later works of Ninth Century poet-saints like Nammalwar, refer to the Temple and even the city as having walls of pure gold. At some places, both the Temple and the entire city are often eulogized even as being made of gold, and the Temple as Heaven.
But the most impressive and mysterious feature of the temple is a hidden chamber which is guarded by two massive cobras. Legends say that anyone who dares to open the door will meet disastrous results. This mysterious door is referred to as Chamber B.