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1,200-year-old Sculpture of Lord Vishnu Stolen from ASI’s Shed in Patna

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1,200-year-old Sculpture of Lord Vishnu Stolen from ASI’s Shed in Patna

Last Updated: January 10, 2023, 20:16 IST

According to the priest of the temple, he noticed that two idols were missing from the temple when he entered the temple to clean and wash it on Monday morning.

According to the priest of the temple, he observed that two idols had been lacking from the temple when he entered the temple to scrub and wash it on Monday morning.

The Patna circle of the ASI has introduced the matter to the discover of its Headquarters in New Delhi and an FIR has additionally been lodged

A 1,200-year-old sculpture of Lord Vishnu, saved in the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)’s sculpture shed at Datiana in Patna district has been stolen by thieves, an official stated.

The Patna circle of the ASI has introduced the matter to the discover of its Headquarters in New Delhi and an FIR has additionally been lodged, the official stated.

“The incident took place on the intervening evening of December 25-26, 2022. The sculpture of Lord Vishnu saved in the Sculpture Shed at Datiana, Patna, was stolen. The sculpture was stolen from the shed after slicing/breaking of its gate”,Goutami Bhattacharya, Superintending Archaeologist (ASI, Patna circle) told PTI.

“The intact sculpture was broken leaving the left side of the image depicting a standing female deity/attendant in its place. The sculpture of Vishnu in sthanaka mudra (standing position) is made of black stone with one face and four arms. Two arms have been and the other two are holding a Chakra (wheel) and Gada (mace). “The sculpture is shown standing on lotus pedestal wearing a kirita-crown and flanked by two female deities/attendants along with ayudha purusha on both sides which are mutilated. The sculpture measuring 100 cm x 60 cm x  20cm is assignable to the Pala period and it must be around 1,200 year old”, stated Bhattacharya.

The Superintending Archaeologist stated the matter has been delivered to the discover of the police and an FIR was lodged at Vikram Police Station in this regard. The ASI headquarters in New Delhi has been knowledgeable about this matter, she stated.

Meanwhile, two ‘ashtadhatu’ idols of goddess Sita and Lakshman had been reportedly stolen by thieves from Ram-Janaki temple at Kheda village in East Champaran district on Sunday evening.

Local cops are conducting searches to nab the thieves and get well the stolen idols.

According to the priest of the temple, he observed that two idols had been lacking from the temple when he entered the temple to scrub and wash it on Monday morning.

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