- Statue of Nataraja was stolen from India 62 years ago
- Found at the New York Asia Society Museum in America
- The idol was stolen from the Vedapureshwar Temple, Thanjavur
The idol wing of the Tamil Nadu police has recovered a Nataraja statue stolen 62 years ago from the Vedapureeswarar temple in Thanjavur at the Asia Society Museum in New York, USA. The Idol wing received a complaint on September 1 from 60-year-old S Veniktachalam stating that miscreants had vandalized the Vedapureeswarar temple in Thanjavur 62 years ago and that his father had tried to file a complaint with the local police .
The Tiruvedhikudi Kandiyur Temple is 2,000 years old
The temple of Tiruvedhikudi Kandiyur is 2,000 years old and is under the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE). The complainant said that it is a famous temple where great scholars like Tirunavkarasar and Thirugansambadanar used to come to the temple and sing the glories of the presiding deity. Venkatachalam said his father Sammantham Cheduraiyar had died of a stroke because after the idol was stolen from the temple, he had approached the police station but the department was not ready to take up the case.
The Police Idol Wing immediately referred the photographs of the ancient temples and its idols from the Indo-French Institute, Puducherry and from a detailed examination of the photographs it was understood that the idol stolen from the Vedapureeswarar Temple was in the Asia Society Museum, New York. An expert issued a certificate that the idol stolen from the Vedapureshwar Temple and the Asia Society Museum in New York is the same. K Jayantha Murali, DGP, Idol Wing, Tamil Nadu said swift action is needed to retrieve the idol and restore it to the Veedpureeswaram temple under the UNESCO agreement.
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