Six idols miss­ing from 1,200-yr-old Jain tem­ple in TN

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Villupu­ram: At least six pan­chaloha idols have re­port­edly gone miss­ing from a 1,200-yearold Jain tem­ple at Perumpu­gai vil­lage of Villupu­ram district in Tamil Nadu on Sun­day. The tem­ple is main­tained by the Bha­gawan Shri 1008 Mal­li­nath Ji­nalaya Trust.

The theft came to light when the tem­ple watch­man, Chan­dran, 71, found the locks of the gate and door bro­ken on Sun­day AND in­formed the trustees and the Gingee po­lice.

Two idols of the main de­ity Mal­li­nathar (1-foot-tall each), Jo­la­ma­lini idol (0.75 ft), Dha­ranedhran and Pad­ma­vathy idols (2-ft each) and Par­sha Nad­har idol (1.5 ft) were found miss­ing from the tem­ple, said R Gau­tham Sa­gar, one of the trustees.

“The au­thor­i­ties do not have records for 33 antique idols of the tem­ple. There­fore, they were clue­less about the ex­act age and worth of these idols,” a po­lice of­fi­cer said. Three spe­cial teams have been formed to nab the cul­prits, he added.

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