An ancient stone idol of Nandi dating back to the 6th to 12th century has been stolen from a temple in Andhra Pradesh.
The sone idol has been stolen from the historical and famous Golingeswara Swami Temple in East Godavari district. The idol is from the era of the Chalukya dynasty that ruled the southern states between the 6th and 12th centuries. The Golingeswara Swami Temple is a stone temple situated in Bikavolu of East Godavari district is located 33 km from Kakinada and is known for its sculpture of Lord Ganesha. The Shiva temple is said to be a symbol of ancient craftsmanship.
Although the idol went missing on Friday, it only came to be known after the locals and devotees started demanding an investigation. The temple authorities then approached the police only after a hue and cry by devotees.
The Central Archaeological Department officials have also lodged a formal complaint with the Bikkavolu police on the disappearance of the ancient stone idol of Nandi.
Sub-inspector of the Bikkavolu police station P. Vasu said the idol was stolen on August 7 and the complaint was received on August 8 and a case was registered on Monday. Ramachandrapuram DSP Balachandra Reddy and deputy commissioner of endowments Vijaya Raju also visited the temple and inquired about the incident.
According to the sources, the reports say that the CCTV footage dated August 7-8 shows a man jumping the walls of the temple and stealing the idol during the night.
DSP Reddy told the media that the night watchman of the temple fell short of performing his duties and a detailed probe was going on after verifying the CCTV footage and other clues. He said the facts would be revealed soon. Anaparti circle inspector M.V. Bhaskara Rao and others were present.
The case has taken a political turn now as the Andra Pradesh BJP leader Vishnu Vardhan Reddy has questioned the government and said, “After the YSRCP government came into the ruling, there are hundreds of attacks on Hindu temples and idols like Ramatheertham or Antharvedi. Unfortunately, it has failed to protect Hindu culture but is busy appeasing Christians and Muslims in the state.”