Recovered statues to be brought to temple today

After reaching temple, idols will be produced in Kumbakonam court.

Published: 01st June 2018 05:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st June 2018 05:50 AM   |  A+A-

Idol wing IG Pon Manickavel (L) and Minister K Pandiyarajan addressing the media in Chennai on Thursday | Nakshatra Krishnamoorthy

By Express News Service

THANJAVUR: The two 11th century bronzes of Rajaraja Chola and his queen Lokmadevi, stolen from the Peruvudayar temple more than 50 years ago and since recovered from a museum in Ahmedabad, will be brought to the temple on Friday. The idols would subsequently be produced before the designated court in Kumbakonam hearing idol theft cases.

Sources said the idols were brought to Chennai from the Calico Museum of Sarabhai foundation in Ahmedabad by the idol wing police on Thursday and would be transported to Thanjavur on the early hours of Friday. They would be brought to the Big temple in the afternoon. After completing the formal procedures there, the idols would be taken to Tiruvaiyaru and then to Kumbakonam.

The idols are expected to be produced at the Kumbakonam court, which has been hearing the cases of idol theft, on Saturday. After getting the orders from the court, the bronzes would be installed in the big temple sources said. The rare bronze idols were stolen around 50 years ago from the Big temple, Thanjavur and sold to Sarabhai museum through a person from Sarukkai village. The idol wing police registered a case during the first week of March and cracked the case. The team led by Inspector General of Police Pon Manickavel went to Ahmedabad and retrieved the idols from the museum on May 29.

Rare artefacts
Before they were stolen, the rare bronze idols of legendary
king Rajaraja Chola and his consort Lokmadevi, worth over `150 crore, were kept in the north western side of the Mahamandapam of the Peruvudayar Temple. Also called the Brihadishvara Temple, it was built in the 11th century AD, and stands as testimony to the architectural finesse achieved by the Cholas

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  • Joseph Anandaraj.M

    Great ! Lifeless statues stolen 50 years ago traced and being recovered is astonishing indeed. At the same time it is intriguing to note of law enforcing authorities are not in a position to retrieve the missing CBDT report in the ghuthka scandal. Why the Indian Railways is struggling to trace the Train heist of hard currencies moved with Armed police still. How The great living fugitives Lilith Modi
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