Chennai, Dec 10 (BPNS)
Three idols donated by devotees to the Puradhana Vaneswar- Periyangadi Amman temple were stolen on Friday by miscreants. Police said that they are on pursuit of those who have stolen the idols from the temple situated at Thiruchitrambalam in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
Natarajar, Somaskandar, and Amman idols were stolen from the temple. While Natarajar and Somaskandar idols were one foot tall, the Amman idol was four feet tall.
The idols were kept for daily worship in the temple, which was built in 7th century AD. Police said that due to the rain and Cyclone warning devotees had not come to the temple on Friday and the thieves had made use of this situation to steal the idols from the temple.
The miscreants, according to the police have cut off the CCTV camera wires and hence visuals were not obtained. It may be noted that the Tamil Nadu idol wing police have made several recoveries of idols stolen from temples of the state.
The idol wing has recently traced the idol of dancing Krishna which was stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu to a US museum and has written to the museum authorities to retrieve the idol after five decades.