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Tamil Nadu: A statue of Nataraja stolen 62 years ago, found in New York



Chenai. The idol of Lord Natraj, stolen 62 years ago from Arulmigu Vedapureeswarar temple in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, has been found in New York, United States. The idol cell of the Crime Investigation Branch (CID) of the Tamil Nadu Police gave the information on Monday.

Some thieves stole the idol by breaking into the 2,000-year-old Arulmigu Vedapureeswarar Temple, administered by the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments. On September 1, following a complaint from S Venkatachalam of Tiruvedhikudi village, the Idol Cell of CID launched an investigation, when it was discovered that the idol of Nataraja in the temple was fake and the original idol was missing.

The investigation team then requested the original photographs of the idol from the Indo-French Institute in Pondicherry. After obtaining the original photographs of the idol, the CID’s idol cell began searching the websites of various museums, artifact collectors’ brochures, and auction houses.

After searching, the team found the original idol of Lord Nataraja in the Asia Society Museum in New York. According to an official statement released by the idol cell of the CID, efforts are being made to bring the idol back under the UNESCO agreement. After bringing her here, the idol will be reinstated in the temple.

It is also checked whether the idols have been stolen from elsewhere in the temple. (with the contribution of the agency)

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