The serpent king (Nagaraja) idol dates back to the 6th or 8th Century and is believed to be from Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh. The 'Dwarapalas' from Tamil Nadu is said to be from the 15th century.
Tamil Nadu: As Pon Manickavel’s Idol Wing wades through legal and bureaucratic delays, hundreds of seized artefacts lie in the open
The artefacts include centuries-old stone sculptures, idols, stone pillars, wooden artefacts, 'Vahanas' or ritual vehicles, and other antiquities. They have been lying in the premises of CBI-CID's Economic Offences Wing in Chennai.
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
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'.
‘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.
The Court then directed IG Pon Manickavel to put his submissions in writing.
The idols are made of Ashtadhadu and are believed to be worth crores in international markets.
IG Pon Manickavel is due to retire in November.
About 1200 ancient idols are believed to have been stolen between 1992 and 2017
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