Stolen Nataraja Idol On The Way Back To Tamil Nadu After 37 Years

The Hindu DelhiSeptember 12, 2019

Stolen Nataraja Idol On The Way Back To Tamil Nadu After 37 Years
Australian authorities handed it over to officers; Special Officer Pon Manickavel bringing it home from Delhi by train
R. Sivaraman

A Nataraja idol, stolen 37 years ago from a temple in Kallidaikurichi in Tirunelveli district and smuggled outside the country, is on its way back from Australia.

The two-and-a-half-foot Nataraja idol, stolen from the Kulasekaramudayar Aramvalartha Nayaki Amman temple at Kallidaikurichi in 1982, was traced to Australia.

Following consistent efforts of the Idol Wing special officer and retired Inspector General of Police A.G. Ponn Manickavel, the Australian authorities formally handed over the idol to officers of the wing at New Delhi on Wednesday.

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September 12, 2019