A Kerala man found a treasure while tilling a plot of land he bought from a Rs 6 crore lottery he won last year. The earthen pot he found contained ancient coins from the time of two Maharajas of Travancore.
Kerala lottery a Kerala man found a treasure will tilling a plot of land he bought from Rs 6 crore lottery he won last year.
Thiruvananthapuram: A Kerala man found a treasure on land he bought from Rs 6 crore Christmas bumper lottery he won last year. Rathnakaran Pillai (66), a resident of Kilimanoor in Thiruvananthapuram, decided to use a part of his lottery win to buy land to grow vegetables.
Pillai bought a piece of fertile land near his house. The land is next to an old Krishna temple, known as Thirupalkadal Sri Krishna Swami Kshethram.
When Pillai was tilling the plot on Tuesday to sow maricheeni or tapioca, he found an earthen pot below the soft top toil. "Inside this were thousands of copper coins which I later realised were ancient currency from the erstwhile Kingdom of Travancore," Pillai told The News Minute.
There were a total of 2,595 ancient coins, weighing 20.4 kilogram, in the pot. Though the coins had oxidised, all of them were identified to be from the time of two Maharajas of Travancore- Sree Mulam Thirunal Rama Varma, who ruled from 1885 to 1924 and Sree Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma, who ruled from 1924 to 1949 and was the titular Maharaja of the kingdom till 1991.