An idol of the goddess Parvati, who went missing half a century ago at the Nadanapureshwarar Sivan Temple in Thandanhottam, Kumbakonam, has been traced to New York, the Tamil Nadu Idol Wing Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said Monday. The idol was found at the Bonhams Auction House, New York, the CID said.
Although a complaint was made to the local police in 1971 and an (initial intelligence report) FIR was registered by the idol wing in February 2019 on a complaint from an individual K Vasu, the case was pending. It only recently gained attention after the Idol Wing Inspector M Chitra began the investigation and began searching for the Parvati idols of the Chola period in various museums and auction houses abroad.
After a thorough search, she found the idol in the Bonhams Auction house.
The copper alloy idol from the Chola period around the 12th century stands approximately 52cm in height and is valued at $212,575 (approximately Rs 1,68,26,143), according to a release from the Idol Wing.
#Congratulations ! To my team for locating an elegant antique #idol from #Parvatic in tribhanga pose stolen from #Nadanapureeswara temple at Thandanhottam, to Bonhams House, New York. Wing has prepared papers to bring it back. @tnpoliceoffl@CMOTamilnadu, #IPS, #Police@mkstalin@TNDIPRNEWSpic.twitter.com/3PcFBo9wcI
— Jayanth Murali IPS, DGP, author of “42 Mondays” (@jayantmuraliips) August 8, 2022
Parvati or Uma, as the goddess is commonly known in South India, is depicted in standing position. She is seen wearing a crown, called a karanda mukuta, of stacked rings that shrink and open into a lotus bud.
The patterns in the crown are repeated in the necklaces, bracelets, girdle and garment, embellishing the bronze texture.
According to Jayanth Murali, Director General of Police (DGP), Idol Wing CID, his team has prepared the papers to bring the idol back.
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