An beautiful ninth century statue of Natesh Shiva stolen from the Ghateshwar temple in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan in February 1998 and recovered in London will likely be on its technique to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Thursday.
Indian officers right here stated that British authorities had been alerted in 2003 when it emerged that the statue had been smuggled into the UK. They interacted with a non-public collector, who had it in his possession and later voluntarily returned it to the Indian excessive fee in 2005.
Since then the statue has been displayed prominently in India Home. In August 2017 a group of the ASI specialists examined the idol and confirmed that it’s the similar ‘murti’ that was stolen from the Ghateshwar temple in Baroli village.
The statue’s return to India is the newest in latest such priceless objects recovered within the UK and handed over to the Indian mission, which has been working with British regulation enforcement authorities to hint, seize and retrieve a number of stolen artefacts.
Current objects recovered and repatriated to India embody a 17th century bronze idol of Navanitha Krishna and a 2nd century limestone carved pillar motif returned by the US embassy on August 15, 2019; a 12th century bronze statue of Buddha handed over by Scotland Yard on August 15, 2018; and a Bramha- Brahmani sculpture, which was stolen from the world heritage website Rani Ki Vav in Gujarat, returned to ASI in 2017.