The sorry state of temples in Bharat remains as temple thefts continue. Thieves trespassed into the Sree Vishalakshi Samatha Kashi Vishwanada Chataram Temple in the Kukatpally Housing Board area of Hyderabad on Monday night and decamped with the murti and other valuables. The temple priest, Venkateshwara Sharma discovered the burglary when he arrived to open the temple for Tuesday morning poojas. The temple opens at 5.30 am and closes at 8.30 pm. The culprits had broken the locks of three small temples of various deities inside the main temple.
Silver ornaments weighing around 10 kilos and a Panchaloha Vigraham (murti) are missing. Police were informed and they have registered cases under IPC for trespassing and theft. Cops have also collected the CCTV footage and are inquiring into the incident.
Temple authorities confirmed that they believe in the power of the deity and are confident that the valuables will be recovered soon.
They added that this is not the first time that thefts have occurred in the temple. A hundi (collection box) thief had earlier broken his leg while trying to flee after robbing around Rs. 6000 following which he was apprehended and the cash recovered.
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