Indian temples' treasure vaults come under scrutiny

Ancient jewellery going missing, along with other scandals, prompts concerns

Last month, a former chief priest of the Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati alleged that its governing trust had misused funds and misappropriated or lost priceless items of ancient jewellery from the temple's stock. The temple management has denied the
Last month, a former chief priest of the Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati alleged that its governing trust had misused funds and misappropriated or lost priceless items of ancient jewellery from the temple's stock. The temple management has denied these allegations.PHOTO: MAILAM KUMAR

A pink diamond, said to be part of a platinum necklace, features in a controversy that has hit one of India's richest temples - the Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

A former chief priest of the temple alleged last month that the temple's governing trust had misused funds and misappropriated or lost priceless items of ancient jewellery from the temple's stock.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 24, 2018, with the headline 'Indian temples' treasure vaults come under scrutiny'. Subscribe