|Orlov diamond stolen from the Hindu temple,Srirangam,India. imgarcade.com|
|Orlov diamond stolen from the Hindu temple, Srirangam, ,India. imgarcade.com|
The famous Orlov Diamond, one of the few most valuable diamonds in the world, once the adorned the eyes of the deity in the famous Hindu temple dedicated to God Vishnu at Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India. The diamond was stolen in 1747 by a French man and an army deserter from the Angelo-Carnatic war that was fought between the French forces led by Dupleix and Nawob Chanda Sahib on one side, and the British force on the other side, for the first time led by Robert Clive of East India company. Robert Clive got a good name and along with it promotion.
Having become a Hindu convert the French ex- soldier regularly worshipped Lord Renganather (Vishnu), the presiding deity of Srirangam temple, for some time to gain the trust of temple priests or Bhattacharyas. Normally in all Hindu temples, non - Hindus are allowed up to a certain limit and the Hindus are allowed up to the entrance of the sanctum. Strictly only priests - mostly Brahmin priests are allowed into to the sanctum/ Srikovil (Garbhagraham in Sanskrit) to perform regular Puja (prayer) which is a time-consuming temple ritual. This custom has been in practice for more than 1500 years. That, how the French man had removed the stone from God's eye in a high-security inner shrine, is still a mystery.
|Orlov diamond sri Renganathar temple, Srirangam. panoramio.com.|
|Idols of God and his consorts. Srirangam temple,India.en.wikipedia.org|
Orlov diamond, is a large diamond and is part of the collection of the Diamond Fund of the Moscow Kremlin. It was mined at now defunct Kollur mines near Golconda near Hyderabad city in Andhra Pradesh, India. It weighs 189.62 carats and is a
|Empress Catherine the great. famousdiamonds.tripod.com|
bluish white stone, one of the impressive Russian imperial jewel collections, described as having the shape and proportions of half a hen's egg. It's past history and curse are not some one's figment of imagination. Nor is it a matter of somebody's conjecture. Empress Catherine too did not lead a peaceful life in her later years.
There is also another famous diamond called 'Black' Orlov diamond or the 'Eye Of Brahma' apparently stolen from a Hindu temple in Pondicherry, S. India. Its past history is different from that of Orlov (Orloff) diamond stolen from Srirangam temple.
This famous Sri Renganathar temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is the largest one in India covering vast area of 156 acres and is also the largest religious complexes in the world. Further, this temple is listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world. This ancient temple has been in existence since 6th century. The main inner Vimana (tower) right above the shrine, where the presiding deity is being worshipped, is covered with gold plates weighing several kilos. Almost 100,000 people visit this temple a month from all over India, Asia and the world. Everyday free food is served to a large number of people on the temple premises. This temple is a photographer's paradise. Ref: