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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Weighed in the Balance, and found Wanting.
The custom of weighing the Maharajah of Travancore in a scale against gold coin is still in use, and is called Talabbaram. The gold is heaped up till the Maharajah rises well in the air. The priests chant their Vedic hymns, the Maharajah is adored, and the gold is distributed among some 15,000 Brahmins, more or less.   1

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