I uncovered a treasure in the cave that was guarded by a massive turtle.

Yesterday, 505 gold coins totaling 1.716 kg were discovered in a vessel during digging at Jambukeswarar Temple in Thiruvanaikaval, Tiruchirappalli district.

The coins were eventually turned over to the police. Workers working in maintenance work near the Akhilandeswari shrine in the temple complex discovered the pot. The temple is said to have been built during the early Chola period, around 1800 years ago.

The East India Company issued gold coins called Pagodas throughout the 1700s. The Oru Swamy Pagoda (“One God Coin”) and the Moonu Swamy Pagoda (“Three God Coin”) were available in two sizes. This was whether Lord Vishnu was represented alone or with his two consorts, Sri Devi and Bhu Devi (Lakshmi).
According to authorities, the money were discovered in a sealed jar near the Akhilandeshwari Shrine by employees. When temple authorities opened it, they discovered 505 gold coins. Archaeologists must analyze the coins to determine their age and history. According to accounts, the pot was discovered at a depth of about 7 feet.

According to accounts, the temple, which is said to be over 1000 years old, was receiving periodic renovations. The temple administration had intended to remove vegetation from the Valai Kottam, which is located opposite the Ambal Sannidhi, and build a Nandhavanam (flower garden). Curious workmen who raised the lid and discovered gold coins full to the rim retrieved the metal pot containing gold coins. The data was eventually forwarded to District Administration.

Srirangam Tahsildar arrived at the temple to inspect the discovery, which weighed around 1.716 grams. The archaeological department will undertake tests to determine the date and history of the coins because they feature historical inscriptions and symbols.

Chola Chieftain Kotchengannan is said to have built the Akilandeswari Samedha Jambukeswarar temple 1800 years ago (Prince with red eyes). The temple is located on the same island as the famed Ranganathaswamy temple.

It is said that the temple received several offerings over time, including silver Vahanams, gold jewelry, and immovable property. The temple complex is magnificent, with courts, towers, and ponds.

The gold treasure is being stored securely at the Treasury.

A numismatist from the city who holds two identical coins says those found in the temple were manufactured by the East India Company in the late 16th century, a day after a large quantity of gold coins were discovered in Jambukeswarar temple.

A closed vessel was discovered on an empty plot near Thayar Sanathi on Wednesday, while cleaning up at the Arulmigu Akilandeswari Samedha Jambukeswarar temple. It had 505 antique gold coins totaling 1.716 kilograms. There were 504 comparable coins weighing more than 3 gm, as well as one huge coin weighing more than 10 gm.

Following the discovery, all of the coins were placed in the district’s government treasury. Manoaharan, a numismatist and former Railways employee from Tiruchy, told TNIE that the coins were struck by the East India Company in 1691.

“The currency was named Pagoda,” he explained (‘Varagan’ in Tamil). At this time, the East India Company manufactured two types of coins: single-deity Pagodas (Oru Swami Pagodas) and triple-deity Pagodas (Moonu Swamy Pagoda). While other coins were available for use, the Pagoda coins were expressly struck for giving.” Tirupati Balaji would be on one side of a single-deity pagoda, with granules (rough surface) on the other. Tirupati Balaji, Sridevi, and Bhoodevi would be on one side of the Triple-deity Pagoda, with granules on the other. He stated that the coins discovered in Jambukeswarar temple had to have been secreted by someone in the 16th century. He speculated that the solitary 10-gm coin may have come from the Arcot Nawab.

He claims that these coins are highly rare and worth five times the current gold price for each coin. He asked the government to keep the coins in a museum because of their historical significance.

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