|Karthikaya (Muruga) temple, Palani, TNsankarayatra.com|
|Palani temple at night TN hindudevotionalblog.com|
In the recent past some senior officials of HR & CE and the sthapathi (idol maker) were arrested o by the special police team on charges of attempting to steal the 4000-year old Navapashana idol of God Muruga to be exported abroad. It is worth millions of dollars. Further, it was found out that the utchava murthy weighing 200kg was made of poor quality metals. It was installed in the sanctum and later removed on account of public protest over this arbitrary action taken by the HR & CE.
|God Karthikaya *Muruga) in saintly posture, Palani temple, TN sankarayatra.com|
|idol thief hehansindia.com|
|Palani temple, gold-plated Vimana. oommuruga.blogspot.com|
That idol thefts, financial irregularities and stealing of gold are taking place on the premises of divinity does not augur well for the future of management of rich temples. The Court should interfere and give severe punishment to the people involved in temple idol thefts, stealing of temple properties, jewels, etc. Severe punishment will act as deterrent. Further, the honest sr. officials keep their eyes open and watch the moves of those who have questionable integrity and honesty. Stealing things from the sanctified places is a blasphemous act and the culprits will face severe consequences for their despicable acts.