New Delhi: India is all set to get again fifteenth-century idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana from the UK. The idols have been stolen from a temple, built-in Vijayanagara interval, in Tamil Nadu in 1978.
In August 2019, Indian High Commission in London was knowledgeable by India Pride Project that 4 vintage idols–Shri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanumana, stolen from India, perhaps within the UK.
The Indian mission raised the matter with Art and Antique Unit of the London’s Metropolitan Police and Idol wing of Tamil Nadu Police. Tamil Nadu police despatched a complete report confirming the theft of 1978 and in addition offered the skilled opinion concerning the match of the idol with a photograph archive.
The London Metropolitan Police, who investigated the matter contacted the current proprietor of the statue and conveyed Indian Mission’s request to return the statue as they have been stolen from a “living temple” in India. The artwork collector had purchased the idol on good religion together with a examine of Art Loss Register Certificates.
The vendor liable for the promote is now deceased on account of which there have been no grounds to open an investigation within the UK. The proprietor of the Rama idol was additionally in possession of two different idols of Sita and Lakshmana which have been handed over to the High Commissioner. All the three idols are being transferred to Tamil Nadu authorities.
The Indian mission in an announcement mentioned, “HCI is working on many such cases at present. We are confident that in coming days, with this partnership of the ASI, law enforcement agencies, and the independent experts, we will be successful in returning many more pieces of our cultural heritage to India.”
The Indian mission in London up to now was in a position to get again to India, Bramha- Brahmani sculpture which was stolen from the World heritage website Rani-Ki Vav, 12th Century Bronze statue of Buddha, two antiques – a 17th Century Bronze idol of Navanitha Krishna and a second-century limestone Carved Pillar motif.
Earlier in 2020, the mission despatched again Shiva statue stolen from the Ghateshwar temple in Rajasthan’s Baroli to India.