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Australian PM Tony Abbott Returns 11th Century Stolen Idols to Modi

Published: 05th September 2014 10:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th September 2014 10:17 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday handed over to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi two antique statues of Hindu deities which were allegedly stolen from temples in Tamil Nadu before being bought by art galleries in Australia.

During his meeting with Modi, Abbott returned the idols, one of which is a Nataraja — the dancing Shiva — which belonged to the Chola dynasty of 11th-12th century.

The other sculpture is of Ardhanariswara, which represents Shiva in half-female form, and dates back to 10th century.


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