The World’s Mysteriously Locked Doors

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Vault B

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One of the most mysterious—and ominous—locked doors is located in Kerala, India in the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. This temple dates back as early as the 6th century and is run by a trust headed by the royal family of Travancore.

In 2011, the royal family was accused of mismanaging the temple’s assets. As a result, a committee was assigned to explore and catalogue items in the temple. What they discovered were six enormous secret iron vaults that lacked locks, hatches, or any form of openings.

The vaults were labeled A-F, five of which the committee managed to open with great difficulty. Inside, they found troves of treasure: golden idols, diamonds, ceremonial costumes, and more… a collection amounting to over 22 billion dollars.

Yet there remains a single vault locked that could hide the world’s greatest treasure: Vault B, which is guarded by two cobras carved on the doors. Many speculate that to open this final vault requires a specific ritual. Others believe that successfully opening the door would only unleash calamity on the city, and potentially the whole world. Attempts have been made to open this incredible door, but it seems beyond our current technology. Perhaps we will never know what lies in the mysterious Vault B… and perhaps it is better that way.