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”


The photos of the seized bronzes were also publised


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.


The Ornamentation, styles are analysed in depth below


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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தொடர்ந்து சிலைகளைத் திருட்டுக் கொடுத்துவிட்டு அறநிலையத் துறை என்ன தான் செய்கிறதோ! :(

June 17th, 2014 at 16:41

It is very sad to see our temple idols stolen from temples. For the sake of money, the insiders are helping Kapoor like persons. If TN govt fails to protect our idols, then approaching court on strict enforcement of photography of idols in temples by HRCE is the only way to curb this.
Chandikeshwara is one of the 63 Nayanmars.

June 21st, 2014 at 14:19

There is no proper maintenance by temple authorities on idols. The idols are looked as money giving stones only. If it goes like this no one is needed to steal it , it will get damaged automatically. All the priests and temple officials should be made responsible for any problems.
Local people should come forward and protect our marvelous architectural beauties.

June 21st, 2014 at 14:28

branded budget kerala package…

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August 7th, 2015 at 18:36

Tamilandu government very loast safety

March 17th, 2017 at 17:23

Thu araimbubam mutviyu illai

March 17th, 2017 at 21:32

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