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Culture Minister hands over bronze idols of Lord Rama, Sita & Lakshmana Goddess to Tamil Nadu Idol Wing

Minister of Culture Prahlad Singh Patel handed over the bronze idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Goddess Sita to Idol Wing of Tamil Nadu Government at a ceremony held today at Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Headquarters in New Delhi.

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Earlier, on 15th September 2020, these Bronze idols were handed over to High Commission of India in London by London Metropolitan Police.  As per the photo documentation done in 1958, these idols belong to the Sri Rajagopal Vishnu Temple in Anandamangalam in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. These idols were stolen from the temple on 23- 24 November 1978.

The bronze idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Goddess Sita are the masterpieces of Indian Metal Art. Briefing media during the handing over ceremony, the Minister highlighted that a total of 40 antiques have been retrieved from foreign countries to India since 2014 while only 13 such antiques were retrieved prior to 2014 from 1976

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