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Supreme Court asks ‘why government officials should manage temples’, bench talks about rampant idol theft in Tamil Nadu

A bench of Justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer while considering the issue of harassment to several devotees visiting the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha questioned as to why should government officials manage religious places and temples in the country.

Idol theft and defecation in temple at Guwahati : arrested thieves say don’t know where the ancient idol is

The stolen items, however, are yet to be recovered, says crime branch of the Guwahati Police.

Amidst rampant idol thefts from temples, Tamil Nadu govt to transfer all such cases to CBI

About 1200 ancient idols are believed to have been stolen between 1992 and 2017

Congress student wing leader, Ashton Sequeira among others, arrested for idol theft

Antiquated idols of Jain Tirthankaras worth crores of rupees were seized by police.

600-year-old stolen Nataraja idol being brought back to India, idol wing head reveals TN govt refused fund to bring it back

About 1200 ancient idols are believed to have been stolen from Tamil Nadu between 1992 and 2017

French woman arrested at Chennai airport over stolen antiques, idols and artefacts worth crores recovered

Idol Wing CID claims to have busted a idol smuggling racket

Ayodhya: Thief returns idol of Lord Ram after he is rattled by nightmares

The thief said he suffered from severe body ache after stealing the idol of Lord Ram
The Ashtadhatu idol of Goddess Ugratara was stolen from the temple on November 15. It has been recovered by the Golaghat police

Stolen idol of goddess Ugratara recovered from Assam village, thieves arrested

The Ashtadhadu idol of goddess Ugratara was stolen and the temple was vandalised on November 15.

Ashtadhatu idols of Hanuman, Sita and Lakshman stolen from temple in Baharaich, UP

Two incidents of idol and jewellery theft inside temples have take place within yesterday only.

Assam: A month after centuries old idol was stolen, Guwahati’s Ugratara temple to get a new idol

The idol has been worshipped in the temple since 1044 AD and the temple is revered as one of the 52 holy places of pilgrimage for Hindus in the country.

Madras HC quashes TN govt order, appoints Pon Manickavel as special officer for idol wing

The state government and Pon Manickavel have been at loggerheads with each other for a while. The government had tried to transfer all cases of the idol wing to the CBI citing the IG’s 'unsatisfactory performance'.

‘Who decides that they are stolen idols?’ asks Madras HC, ‘I decide’, replies IG Pon Manickavel

The Court then directed IG Pon Manickavel to put his submissions in writing.

Uttar Pradesh: Idols of Ram, Laxman, Janki stolen from temple in Mau

A police team with forensic experts is investigating the case.

Bihar: 114-year-old idols of Lord Ram and Laxman stolen from Ram-Janki temple in Vaishali

The idols are made of Ashtadhadu and are believed to be worth crores in international markets.

Maa Durga’s homecoming: American museum all set to return 2 idols found to be of Indian origin

PM Modi is the first Indian head of govt to demand stolen Indian heritage from the U.S, Canada, Germany, and other countries.

Uttar Pradesh: Police arrested man for stealing idols and valuables from Shanidev temple

India's rich cultural heritage is at a constant threat as cases of illegal antique trafficking is gaining strength

Senior HRCE official arrested in connection with misappropriation in making gold idols

HRCE officials have claimed that they are being unfairly targeted by the Idol Wing of the Police.

Tamil Nadu in talks with National Gallery of Australia to get back 7 stolen ancient idols

The state government has initiated the process of getting back the stolen idols.

1000 year old stolen idols returned to Tamil Nadu, Temple officials allegedly did not notify the Police

The idols are expected to be installed at the Brihadeeshwarar Temple in the next few days.

Ancient idols stolen from Tamil Nadu traced to Ahmedabad after 50 years

The theft of ancient idols were unnoticed for decades.

Priceless Ashtadhatu idols stolen from ancient Ramjanki temple in UP

There are various instances of such temple theft
Villagers protesting against HR&CE

Madurai: Villagers protest against proposed government takeover of three ancient temples

Tamil Nadu villagers protest HR&CE department's decision to take over three temples, reject allegations of misappropriation of temple fund

‘They were trying to fix me’, Pon Manickavel tells Court, State govt directed to not take adverse action without permission

The state government and Pon Manickavel have been at loggerheads with each other for a while.
Madras HC has stayed the government order that proposed handing over temple lands to encroachers

Madras HC orders temple lands to remain in possession of deities, halts state govt’s efforts to handover land to encroachers

The Tamil Nadu Government's long-drawn effort to acquire the temple lands to allegedly hand it over to the squatters has been impeded by the Madras High Court.
Hindu temple attack

Hindu temple in the UK attacked twice in June, statues outside Shree Ram temple near Birmingham smashed

Three custom made statues were vandalised at the Shree Ram Mandir in Walsall, Birmingham.

Faith under siege: What is behind the recent spate of attacks on Hindu religious sites?

The temple vandalism in Hauz Qazi, Chandni Chowk is still totally fresh in our memories, still very much a topic of discussion on social media. There have since then been a spate of attack on Hindu religious sites

Devotees throng a Khodiyar Mata temple in Gujarat after a crocodile, worshipped as Goddess’ vehicle, strays inside the temple

Khodiyar Maa, a family deity of the Patidar community, is often depicted as riding a crocodile.

10 things Narendra Modi needs to do in his second term to reaffirm his support among the electorate

It is of paramount importance that Narendra Modi delivers on certain core fronts to prevent disenchantment among the ideological electorate.

‘India is Secular despite Hindus,’ Aakar Patel claims in Congress mouthpiece National Herald but is India really secular?

Thanks to Aakar Patel and the National Herald, we now know what the Congress Party considers Secularism to be. According to them, Secularism is the institutional discrimination of Hindus in their own land
ISI spy reveals he had travelled to Pakistan 17 times in 18 years

Gujarat: Congress MLA arrested for accepting bribe from person accused irrigation scam

A team of Morbi police had picked up Sabariya from his residence in Trajpar village at around 4 am

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