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Court orders curator for Indian temple treasure

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's top court has ordered a curator be appointed to protect and preserve the vast treasures newly revealed in a Hindu temple in southern India.

The gold coins, jewels and gem-encrusted statues were found recently in an inventory of underground vaults of the 16th-century Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. Initial estimates put the value at $22 billion but it's believed to be far higher.

The Supreme Court also Wednesday directed that the entire trove be photographed and filmed.

The court had ordered the vaults inspected after a lawyer petitioned a local court asking the state government to take over the temple. The lawyer cited security concerns.

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