Stolen ancient idols of Ram, Lakshman and Sita return to India from the UK after four decades

    20-Nov-2020
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Thirteenth-century bronze idols of Ram, Lakshman and Sita which were stolen from a temple located in Tamil Nadu, landed in India from the UK. The stolen idols were handed over to the Indian High Commission on September 15, 2020, by the London Metropolitan Police, via a digital event, but they landed in India this week. The idols are believed to be masterpieces of Indian metal art and vary between 74 cm and 90 cm in height.
 
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According to the report, Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patel said, "The return of another 75-80 stolen antique pieces is in the pipeline, but the legal process takes a long time. The origin of these idols could be proved with much ease since there was ample photographic documentation."
 
As per photographic evidence from 1958, these idols belong to the Sri Rajagopal Vishnu Temple built during the Vijayanagara period in Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam district. As per the police probe, these were stolen in November 1978 and could not be found in the custody of thieves who were nabbed later.
 
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