A set of three idols structure of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu returned to Indian High Commission in London by the British Police. The incident occurred 40 years ago.
The theft dates back to 1978. However, an investigation started by the Idol Wing of the Tamil Nadu Police working along with colleagues in the Metropolitan Police in London.
Union Minister of Culture and Tourism Prahlad Patel virtually attended the handing over ceremony of the three sculptures. Moreover, Priests from Sri Murugan Temple in London conducted a short religious ceremony for their handover to India. The ceremony took place at the High Commission of India, London. The government of Tamil Nadu also get connected in the ceremony. Patel expressed his gratitude towards British Police, special Idol Wing, Government of Tamil Nadu, Archaeological Survey of India and the High Commission of India, London. He also appreciated their efforts to bring these precious idols back to India.
Since Independence, only 13 sculptures recovered from foreign countries. However, from the year 2014, the graph started to touch the hills. Now more then, 40 sculpture recovered from foreign countries. Government aiming more to recover.
Discrimination Of The Sculpture Of Lord Rama, Sita And Lakshmana
The bronze images of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, are 90.5 cm, 745 cm and 78 cm in height respectively. It appeared as the masterpieces of Indian Metal Art. These sculptures were stolen from Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu from a Vijayanagar period temple. The sculptures datable to the 15th century A.D., the statement from the ministry stated.
India is proud to have back the Idol sculpture. In this pandemic, it may provide a little positivity in the life of Indians. It will inspire museums and collectors to look and check their collections carefully as this will help to restore deities that belong to the people of India.