- These ancient jewelery of the Scindia dynasty were handed over to the Gopal temple at the time of the government of Madhya Bharat, these precious jewelery is studded with diamonds and emeralds.
- Jewelery is brought to the temple every year from the district treasury under tight security, after weighing them after listing, they are worn to God after washing them with Ganga water.
On the occasion of Janmashtami at Phulbagh Gopal temple here, Lord Radhakrishna will be decorated with jewelery worth more than Rs 100 crore. These ancient jewelery of the Scindia dynasty were handed over to the Gopal temple at the time of the government of Madhya Bharat. Diamonds and emeralds are studded in these prized jewelery. Jewelery is brought to the temple every year under tight security from the District Treasury. They will be weighed after the listing of the jewelery. After this, after washing with Ganges water, God will be worn. For security, more than 200 police personnel are stationed here on Janmashtami.
For the first time in the history of the temple, devotees will not be allowed inside the temple this time due to the Corona crisis. After Shringar, darshan of God will be done through Facebook Live. According to corporator Sandeep Makin, on the morning of August 12, the jewels of the Lord will be taken out from the bank’s locker and made up. Police personnel will be deployed to protect the jewelery as well as they will also be monitored through CCTV cameras.
These jewels will be deposited in the night at 12 o’clock after Krishna’s birth in the treasury, these treasures will be opened and kept in the treasury and on the second day in the morning, they will be kept again in the bank locker. The jewels are worth hundred crores, this temple built by the princely state of Scindia has gold jewelery studded with precious gems for the idols of Radha-Krishna. Due to being antique, their market value is estimated to be more than hundred crores.
These are the jewels of God
- Among the jewels of the Lord are Radhakrishna’s white pearl Panchagadhi necklace, seven threaded necklace, consisting of 62 genuine pearls and 55 emeralds.
- Lord Krishna’s gold crown and gold crown, Radhaji’s historic crown, with emeralds in the middle with topaz and ruby set. This crown weighs about three kilos.
- Radha Rani’s crown has 16 grams of emerald gemstones. Shreeji and Radha have earrings, golden rings, girdles, bangles, bracelets etc.
- There are also ancient utensils of gold and silver for the food of God.
- There are also Lord’s samai, perfume donations, piercings, incense, sieve, sankari, chhatra, crown, glass, bowl, kumbhakarini, niranjani etc.
Tradition is already going on since independence
The tradition of decorating the statue of Lord Radhakrishna installed in the Gopal temple with these jewelery dates back to pre-independence era. At that time, people of Scindia royal family and the ministers of the state, courtiers and common people used to visit Janmashtami. At that time Lord Radhakrishna was decorated with these jewelery. After the formation of the government of Madhya Bharat after independence, the Gopal temple, the property attached to it has become under the district administration and the corporation administration. The Municipal Corporation kept these jewelery in a bank locker. They were kept in lockers for years. After this, in the year 2007, Dr. Pawan Sharma took charge of the Corporation. He got the assets of the corporation investigated, and got information about these jewelery. Then the then Mayor Vivek Shejwalkar and the corporator started the tradition of decorating the idols of Lord Radhakrishna with these jewelery on the day of Janmashtami in the Gopal temple. Since then the then commissioners have been following this tradition.
Surveillance from cameras
CCTV cameras will be installed in the Gopal temple to monitor the jewelery. Also, a large number of police forces will be deployed.
Jewelry will come under police protection
The jewels of God are kept in the locker of the bank. Before Janmashtami, all these jewelery are locked in the chest and are taken to the temple under heavy police protection. At the same time, they are thoroughly investigated before wearing jewelery to God. After this, these jewels are worn to God. After this, heavy arrangements are also made for their safety. After Janmashtami, all these jewels are kept under police protection only in the bank locker.