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Idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Devi, missing from a temple in Tamil Nadu, were found at a museum in the US.

The Tamil Nadu Police have traced two stolen idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Devi to reputed museums in the US and have commenced the process to retrieve them.


11 idols are missing from Arulmigu Pannakka Parameswara Swamy temple at Pannentheru, Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu police took facilitate from the French institute for the search.

Two idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Devi, which were stolen, were found at California Museum.

The Idol wing of the Madras Police has commenced the method to retrieve 2 missing idols of Lord Ganapati and deity Devi from putative museums within the US.The idols of Devi and Ganapati were found at the Sotheby`s business firm in big apple and Norton Simon deposit in California severally.An investigation was commenced by the Tennessee idol wing when a guard of the Arulmigu Pannakka Parameswara Swamy temple at Pannentheru in Nagapattinam district filed a criticism with the police that AN idol of Lord Ganapati was missing from the temple, as told by a senior officer to IANS.

A total of 11 Ganesha idols have been missing from the temple since the early seventies, but this was not discovered until a detailed investigation was conducted by sleuths. Neither the employees of the temple nor the devotees were aware of the missing idols, as there were several idols remaining in the temple.

It was difficult to take the probe further as there were no pictures of the missing idol while the police recorded the complaint of the watchman and hence sought the help of the French Institute, Puducherry. The search at the French institute helped the police to trace the idol to the California Museum. The institute has a massive collection of photographs of the idols of South Indian Temples. Similarly, the idol of Goddess Devi was traced out.

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