A gold crown, weighing 48 grams and a gold chain, weighing 23 grams, were looted from the ancient Sree Krishnaswami Temple, Mavelikkara, near here, in the early hours of Wednesday.
The crown and the chain, which adorned the deity (Sree Krishna), was looted after breaking open the door of the sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum).
The police said that the robbers had entered the sreekovil, by mounting a tower constructed for fixing loudspeakers, and climbing down.
An iron grill, which had been constructed in front of the sanctum sanctorum, was also found broken, police said.
Mavelikkara CI Sivasuthan Pillai said that the news of theft came out when the melsanthi (chief priest) and his assistant came to the temple for the early morning offerings.
They informed the police about the incident.
The Devaswom Board had appointed an assistant, Krishna Panicker and a watchman, Maheshkumar, for the security of the temple.
However, they were sleeping in the office room of the temple when the incident took place, police said.
The CI said that the duo were questioned, but no evidence could be found from them.
According to the temple authorities, the theft has caused them a loss of more than Rs 10 lakh.
”The northern door of the ‘chuttambalam’ was found open.
The door of the ‘sreekovil’ was not locked, only the iron gate had been secured with a lock,” the CI said.
“The police had alerted the temple authorities earlier about the possibility of a robbery,” he added.
The Devaswom Board had also asked the administrative officer to strengthen the security of the temple.
It was after this that two persons were hired to ensure the security of the temple.
The police said that going by the available evidence, the robbery was not the handiwork of a professional gang.
The ‘panchaloha’ idol, worth crores of rupees, was not taken by the thieves.
A sum of nearly Rs 4 lakh had also been kept in the office, but it was left untouched.
“The fingerprint experts found two sets of finger prints were found in the sreekovil,” the CI said.
A dog squad was also brought in for examination of the premises, but nothing of importance could be discovered.