The traditional Rajagopalaswamy temple at Ananthamangalam in Nagapattinam district received again three of its idols stolen 42 years in the past, authorities stated. The idols, which had been recovered in London, reached the temple on Saturday from Chennai.
In 1978, 4 bronze idols – that of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman belonging to this 15th-century temple had been stolen. Porayar police had registered a case and even arrested three individuals, however the idols could not be traced.
The next data from a Singapore-based voluntary organisation which displays the commerce of artefacts within the worldwide market, three of the 4 stolen idols had been recovered from an vintage collector in London throughout September this yr, authorities stated.
The Metropolitan Police in London handed over the three idols (Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita) to the Indian Embassy.
The idols had been dropped at India and the Union Tradition Ministry handed it over to the Tamil Nadu authorities early this week. On Friday, Chief Minister Okay Palaniswami inspected the idols in Chennai and formally handed them over to the temple government officer Sankareswari.
The idols reached the temple on Saturday from Chennai.
Temple authorities stated the idols could be formally reinstalled on November 25.