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We are revealing today an important clue that expands the scope of this investigation and provides possible leads to a larger loot. It was widely reported in the press on the seizure of the Chandikeshwara bronze ” The image of Chandikeshwara (a form of Siva) in a standing posture has a strong similarity to the picture of the idol of the Sundareswara temple in Ariyalur, available with the French Institute of Pondicherry”

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The photos of the seized bronzes were also publised

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However, we have now done a detailed study of the archive photo from the institute and can now confidently say that they are defintely not the same. Below is the analysis.

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The Ornamentation, styles are analysed in depth below

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So the larger question now is two fold.

Where is the Suthamalli Chandikeshwara ?

and more importantly how do we find this new looted temple from where this new Chandikeswara seized by ICE hails from ?

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