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Tamilnadu News

Police find no traces of gold in Sri Ekambaranathar temple idols

Covai Post Network

The Idol Wing CID found no traces of gold in the idols of Sri Ekambaranathar temple they had examined.

The temple authorities handed over Sri Somaskandar and Yelavarkuzhali Amman idols to the Idol Wing CID after performing the balalayam rituals on Sunday. This was for investigation into the alleged gold embezzlement case registered against them in Kancheepuram.

The investigation follows a complaint by a devotee last year that the temple authorities embezzled gold while making the two panchaloka idols.

After conducting certain tests using advanced technologies, the Idol Wing concluded that there was no trace of gold in the newly made idols

In this connection, police arrested M Kavitha, Additional Commissioner (Thiruppani), Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Board [since suspended] in April.

Complainant Annamalai had named the temple executive officer Murugesan, HR&CE chief sculptor (sthapathi) M. Muthiah, another sculptor Masilamani and six other persons.
Last week, the temple staff received a letter from the Idol Wing stating that the two idols were to be handed after performing the required rituals by October 25. This was because the idols had to be produced at the court in Kumbakonam where idol theft and other related cases were being heard.