The ancient Rajagopalaswamy temple in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam district recovered three of its idols that were stolen 42 years ago
Idols stolen from Rajagopalaswamy temple recovered in Tamil Nadu. (Photo credit: Twitter)
The ancient Rajagopalaswamy temple in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam district recovered three of its idols that were stolen 42 years ago, according to the authorities. The idols were recovered in London. On Saturday, it reached the ancient temple from Chennai.
In 1978, four bronze idols – Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman belonging to this 15th century temple were stolen, as reported by PTI.
Back then, the Porayar Police had lodged a case and even arrested three people, however, the idols couldn’t not be found.
After receiving information from a Singapore-based voluntary organisation that monitors the trade of artefacts in the international market, three of the four stolen idols got back from an antique collector in London during September this year, news agency PTI quoted the authorities.
The Indian Embassy received these stolen idols from the Metropolitan Police in London
On Friday, Chief Minister K Palaniswami inspected the idols in Chennai and formally handed them over to the temple executive officer Sankareswari, reported PTI.
(With PTI inputs)