Union Minister of Tradition and Tourism Prahlad Patel on Wednesday handed over bronze idols of Lord Rama, Lakshman, and Goddess Sita to the Tamil Nadu authorities on the ASI headquarters right here, restituting the artifacts which had been stolen over 20 years in the past. On September 15, London Metropolitan Police had handed over the statues to the Excessive Fee of India after they had been recovered. Patel had attended the occasion through video hyperlink because the chief visitor.
On Wednesday, Patel congratulated the Excessive Fee of India, thanked the London Metropolitan Police and in addition the Tamil Nadu authorities’s idol wing for his or her wonderful work within the restitution of those statues.
He praised the constructive function performed by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), particularly during the last six years, in getting again the masterpieces of the nation’s cultural heritage.
In August final 12 months, the Excessive Fee of India, London, was knowledgeable by India Pleasure Venture that 4 vintage idols of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman), had been stolen from a temple constructed within the Vijayanagara interval in Tamil Nadu and smuggled out of India, possibly to the UK.