Tamil Nadu: Major heist at Thanjavur temple, it is the biggest heists in a temple in recent times.

biggest heists in a temple in recent times in tamil nadu

THANJAVUR:In one of the biggest heists, thieves decamped with 316 sovereigns of jewellery from an ancient temple in the district in the wee hours of Tuesday.

According to sources, the archakas who came to the Varadharajaperumal temple in Kaarappankadu village near Madukkur on Tuesday found the locks of the sanctum sanctorum  of the temple broken and the valuables missing. The Madukkur police was informed, so were the officials of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department.

They checked the valuable jewels kept in an almirah near the sanctum sanctorum and found 2 kg and 528 gm of gold jewels (316 sovereign) stolen.

R Sudhakar, the Superintendent of Police, visited the temple and held enquiries. Earlier, Aravind Menon, the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Pattukkottai,  visited the scene for investigation.  Forensic experts from Thanjavur arrived and collected evidence from the spot, including fingerprints. A sniffer dog too was pressed into service. Special teams have been formed to catch the culprits, said police officials.


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  • High time all Hindu temples re-looked their inventory of gold and precious stones, monetise the surplus and, create a Welfare Trust to help the devotees, who are all, in a sense, children of the same Varadaraja Perumal and, whose earthly ancestors gifted these to the temples in the first place. There were reports that all such thefts are with the connivance of the employees.