The historical Rajagopalaswamy temple at Ananthamangalam in Nagapattinam district bought again three of its idols stolen 42 years in the past, authorities mentioned.
The idols, which have been recovered in London, reached the temple on Saturday from Chennai.
In 1978, 4 bronze idols – that of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman belonging to this fifteenth century temple have been stolen.
Porayar police had registered a case and even arrested three individuals, however the idols could not be traced.
Following info from a Singapore-based voluntary group which displays the commerce of artefacts within the worldwide market, three of the 4 stolen idols have been recovered from an vintage collector in London throughout September this 12 months, authorities mentioned.
The Metropolitan Police in London handed over the three idols (Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita) to the Indian Embassy.
The idols have been dropped at India and the Union Culture Ministry handed it over to the Tamil Nadu authorities early this week.
On Friday, Chief Minister Ok Palaniswami inspected the idols in Chennai and formally handed them over to the temple govt officer Sankareswari.
The idols reached the temple on Saturday from Chennai. Temple authorities mentioned the idols can be formally reinstalled on November 25.