New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the rights of centuries-old Travancore royal family in the administration of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple situated in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in Kerala against a dispute over the temple management. Also Read - Kerala Containment Zones Full List Today: Total Count Reaches 506; 3 Wards Sealed

The historic Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, considered one of the richest temples in the country, was rebuilt and since, administered by the Travancore Royal House – the ‘Holy Abode of Lord’ – in the 18th century. Also Read - In Kerala, Containment Zones to be Demarcated After All Contacts of COVID Positive Person Traced

The Supreme Court verdict came in response to a huge controversy over the temple administration that had been pending in the top court for the last nine years. The temple management had accused the royal family of financial irregularities against the temple’s funds. Also Read - Eid-Al-Adha 2020: Muslims Offer Namaz at Kerala Mosque While Maintaining Social Distancing | Watch

The top court bench headed by Justice U U Lalit said that as an interim measure, the District Judge of Thiruvananthapuram will head an administrative committee to manage the affairs of the temple.

The apex court delivered the verdict on a batch of appeals, including the one filed by the legal representatives of the Travancore royal family, challenging the January 31, 2011 verdict of the high court in the matter.

The Travancore Royal House had ruled southern Kerala and adjoining parts of Tamil Nadu before integration of the princely state with the Indian Union in 1947 and had built the sprawling architectural splendour in its present form in granite in the 18th century.

Even after independence, the royal family continued to be a part of the trust that controlled the grand temple.