Practically 22 vintage idols, a few of them product of Ashtadhatu alloy, have allegedly been stolen from a thirteenth century Shiva temple in Khurda district late on Monday evening.
Based on the police, some unidentified miscreants barged into the sanctum sanctorum of the 800-year-old Daksha Prajapati temple in Banpur city of Khurda district by breaking open the locks of three doorways and fled with the dear idols price crores of rupees. A few of the idols have been product of ashtadhatu (alloy of gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, tin, iron and mercury)
Inspector of Banpur police station, Sanjay Patnaik mentioned of the 31 historic idols within the temple, 22 have been stolen. The stolen idols embrace Maa Kanaka Durga, Gopinath Dev, Kaliyugeswar Dev and Chandrasekhar Dev.
The temple named after Daksha, the daddy of Lord Shiva’s consort Parvati, is devoted to Lord Shiva. Identified for its architectural composition, the temple has been below the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). There have been two cases of theft from the identical temple twice previously.
INTACH’s state mission coordinator and historian Anil Dhir, who earlier this yr revealed a report on the ‘Antiquities of the Prachi Valley’, mentioned greater than 300 invaluable idols have been discovered lacking somewhere else of the state. “Odisha has change into a significant hub for idol export. Practically 48 circumstances concerning lacking idols have been filed in several police stations of the Prachi Valley within the final decade and just one restoration was made. There have been 20 circumstances of idol theft within the final decade in Bhadrak, however not a single restoration was made,” mentioned Dhir.
State convener of INTACH, Amiya Bhusan Tripathy mentioned the prevailing legal guidelines are ineffective to forestall idol thefts and housebreaking. “A holistic Nationwide Heritage Safety Coverage and system needs to be put in place. Although there are 22,000 historic locations of worship in Odisha, there isn’t any database for all of the antiques, each stone and metallic idols. Inconsequential and weak legislations just like the Antiquities and Artwork Treasures Act, The Historic Monuments and Archaeological Websites and Stays Act and the Historic Monuments Preservation Act, 1904 are ineffective to curb these crimes,” mentioned Tripathy.