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3 ancient artefacts to be returned to India during Australian PM Morrison’s visit

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

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'.

‘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.

‘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.

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.

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

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