While counting the offerings and donations of devotees, the accused took a break, went to the restroom and hid a packet of gold ornaments and Rs 4,000 cash inside a commode.
According to sources, a private security employee working on the same floor allegedly committed the crime and hid the ornaments in the bathroom to avoid being caught during a security check.
The festivities started around 8 am with Pasupu Utsavam, where the EO joined devotees to grind turmeric in a rice pounder.
The incident happened on Wednesday midnight when the sanitation employees celebrated the birthday of the supervisor after the temple closed for darshan.
Temple authorities set up shelter for devotees atop Indrakeeladri
The EO said the new building near Mallikarjuna Mahamandapam will be readied by next year, where the Prasadam Potu and Annadanam kitchen would come up.
The priests blessed the students appearing for the examinations at Mallikarjuna Mahamandapam on the temple premises.
Minister for Endowments Velampalli Srinivasa Rao and endowments officials inspected the ongoing development works at Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam.
She urged the devotees visiting the Kanaka Durga temple to wear mask and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Kanakadurga temple EO says 50,000 more expected to arrive at the temple on Dec 30, 31
After inspecting the works, Collector Nivas suggested a few changes pertaining to arrangements for the deeksha atop Indrakeeladri from December 25 to 29.
He said more than five lakh devotees are expected to visit the temple during the five-day ritual.
Giri Pradakshina will commence at around 6 pm on Friday, says EO
Five-day process for Mandala Deeksha ends on Nov 19; deeksha viramana will be held from December 25 to 29