UK restores 3 statues stolen from Tamil Nadu temple back to India

South India

 Three statues of Vijayanagara period stolen from Vishnu Temple, Nagapattinam in 1978 have been recovered by the High Commission of India, London with the support of the London Metropolitan Police. 


A set of three idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu decades ago, were restored to the Indian government on Tuesday.

The theft dates back to 1978 and led to an investigation by the Idol Wing of the Tamil Nadu Police working along with colleagues in the Metropolitan Police in London.

As per the report, the statues have been restored to Tamil Nadu government in the presence of Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Patel.

Patel took to Twitter and expressed gratitude to HCI, London, Archaeological Survey of India and Government of Tamil Nadu for making efforts to recover the statues.

"The Indian Embassy in the UK handed over 3-feet-tall bronze statues of Sri Ram, Laxman and Sita of Vijayanagara period which were stolen from Tamil Nadu, to India," Patel tweeted.

"The statues have been brought back with the efforts of the Government of Tamil Nadu, the Embassy of India and the Archaeological Survey of India, I would like to thank all of them," he added.

The idols were stolen from Sri Rajagopalaswami Temple at Ananthamangalam in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu.


With inputs from ANI

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