Fire Doused Near Padmanabha Swamy Temple

A June 27, 2011 photograph of the 16th-century Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum, the capital of the southern state of Kerala, India. A vast treasure trove of gold coins, jewels and precious stones unearthed at the lightly guarded Hindu temple in India was expected to grow further in value Monday July 4, 2011 as the last two secret vaults sealed for nearly 150 years are opened. The government has increased security since the treasure's discovery in recent days, which has instantly turned the temple into one of the wealthiest religious institutions in the country. (AP Photo)

Sixteen fire tenders on Sunday battled for four hours flames which at one point threatened the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple here in Thiruvananthapuram….reports Asian Lite News

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum (AP Photo)

The fire began at a post office near the shrine around 2.30 a.m. Temple guards who spotted it on CCTV alerted the fire brigade.

The blaze soon spread to the Kerala archaeological department but was brought under control by around 7 a.m. No damage was caused to the temple, located barely 100 metres away.

The vaults of the temple are said to hold about Rs 1 lakh crore worth of jewellery.

Kerala Minister for Devasom Kadakampally Surendran said the postal department could have been more careful as lots of bags stacked with paper helped the fire to spread rapidly.

“The government will order a probe and take steps to see that such things do not happen,” he said.