New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the royal family in a legal batting over ownership of the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram after decades of a legal battle. The Supreme Court has handed over the administration of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple to the temporary governing body. The apex court allowed the royal family’s appeal against the High Court ruling, stating that the royal family’s rights to the temple could not be waived.The Supreme Court says that the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple will remain a public temple but the royal family has the right to exercise it. The Supreme Court has ordered that the temple administration be handed over to the new governing body. An ad hoc committee chaired by a district judge should continue to govern the temple for the time being. The new governing body comprising the royal family and the state government should be elected.