Theft in temple causes anxiety in Kalasa

Robbery of Utsava idol hurts the sentiments of the devotees


The robbers have taken away the pious ‘Utsavamurthy’ (Idols) of Lord Kalaseshwara and Girija along with the silver mask of Lord Kalaseshwara.

Ironically it was during te first week of August that curtains fell on the religious rituals attached to Brahmakalashothsava which was taken up to add to the sanctity of the temple. Entire Brahmakalashothsava cost Rs 1.50 crore. Within two weeks of the ceremony, theft in the temple has caused great pain to the devotees.

“We would not have been bothered if they had stolen the gold and money. But taking away the idols of gods was a great shock that we still cannot get over. The robbers have sinned a great deal,” said a devotee.

Many feel that lack of security to the temple is the only reason why the robbers could swiftly execute their plans.

On the basis of the rope, bag and towels left by the robbers, people have come to a conclusion that some miscreants from coastal region have robbed the temple. While there are many more devotees who feel that some people who had worked in the temple during the Brahmakalashothsava must have helped the robbers in robbing the temple.

They say that the way the robbery was executed has signs that someone who knows the temple well has planned the robbery.

 “The way they have accessed the ladder, their entry into the temple without touching the main door and their target being the treasury room shows that the robbers were well acquainted with the temple,” devotees opine. On Friday, Superintendent of Police as well as DySP visited the temple.

It may be recalled that such robberies had been executed in Samse where two idols each of Varamahalakshmi, Brahmayaksha and Padmavati were stolen. This robbery case has not yet been solved.

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