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Ancient Chalukya-era Nandi murti stolen from temple in Andhra Pradesh

The attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh, currently ruled by the evangelical Christian CM Jegan Mohan Reddy, are just not stopping. An ancient Nandi murti dating back around 1100 years to the Chalukya era has been reported stolen from the from the historic Golingeswara Swami temple in East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh.

As per reports, the Nandi murti went missing on Friday but temple authorities reported the matter to police only after devotees protested and demanded an investigation. Most well-known Hindu temples in Bharat are managed either directly by state governments or by trusts controlled by government, politicians and bureaucrats.

Nandi Murti

The historic Golingeswara Swami temple in Bikavolu of East Godavari district is located 33 km from Kakinada. This temple dedicated to Bhagwan Shiva is said to have been built by the Chalukya dynasty in the 9th-10th century.

Hundreds of incidents of temple vandalism, arson and theft have been reported in the last few years. “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,” said BJP leader Vishnu Vardhan Reddy.

Last week, multiple murtis of Padmanabha Swamy temple near Karakavalasa village of Srikakulam district were found vandalized when the priest went to perform the daily puja. There too, the temple authorities initially tried to suppress the incident, but were forced to lodge a complaint on Sunday after news about the vandalism went viral.

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