|Nettur Mahadev temple, Kerala hindujagruti.org|
|Paravoor temple. english.mathrubhumi.com|
Poor security system in Kerala temples is the main reason for the thefts and they are under the control of the state government as in other states. Hundies (donation boxes) and vaults are the easy targets for the culprits. Devotees drop in the hundies cash or silver or gold jewels, depending on their monetary status. This is a token of their gratitude to the god for fulfilling their wish. Invariably, most temples carry god's jewelry, besides cash and jewels dropped in the hundies. Many of Jewels worn by gods may have antique value and are kept in a separate vault inside the temples. No doubt, thieves target these temples to rob the valuables. . Countless temples lack either security guards or security features like lockers or burglar alarms. This has made job easier for the burglers. People are at a loss to know why the govt. is not giving priority to security against burglary and break -in of temples at night. Yet another advantage is some temples are located in an isolated areas with lots of trees. The hundis at most of the temples are not set in a safe place where thieves can't access. Fixed in an unsafe place, it is a lot easier for the professional thieves to take money out of them rather than put something in them, according to a senior police officer.
The data at the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) mentioned 364 temple thefts in 2007 (it was 291 the previous year). Way back, only 88 cases in 2007 and 111 cases in 2006 have been detected so far.
In terms of popularity and divinity, 'Ettumanoorappan' as the devotees call the deity, is second perhaps only to 'Sabarimala Ayyappan' and 'Guruvayurappan' (Sri Krishna) in Kerala. This theft created a political storm and the 'Ettumanoorappan abduction episode' became a serious issue as it had hurt the sentiments of millions of Hindu devotees. Culprit was arrested late and soon the idol was brought back to the temple. In the coalition govt, the communist party of India was a partner.
As we know most of the Communists have atheist mentality
and are lethargic about the safety of Hindu temples and their valuables in Kerala, people complain. In Tamil Nadu, the communists have close rapport with certain atheist parties
and they do not make any comment on temple thefts going on here........... https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/indiascope/story/19810630-stolen-gold-idol-of-famous-siva-temple-at-ettumanoor-in-kerala-recovered-773
At the Nettur Mahadeva Temple, one of the important Shiva temples, the prabhamandalam, antique jewellery worth lakhs
of rupees was stolen in June 2014. The prabhamandalam, made
of brass, weighing over 12 kilos is said to be over 1200 years old. Fortunately the vault with temple jewelry was not broken
into and other old priceless temple items were left behind by the culprits. “An inter-state ring of burglars is suspected to be behind the racket..... https://www.hindujagruti.org/news/19967.html
In June 2018, in separate incidents of burglary, thieves made
away with 50 sovereigns of gold from two temples at Paravur
here in the wee hours of Wednesday. While 30 sovereigns of
gold, including the holy ornaments adorning the deity, and Rs 60,000 were stolen from Kottupalli Thirukapuram Devi. temple...https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2018/06/13/temple-thefts-paravur-kochi.html
Preying on Gods in Gods' own country is quite disgusting and is akin to committing blasphemous act. The govt should beef up the security system at temple and come up with severe punishments for the people who lay their hands on temple properties that actually belong to the public. Lack of deterrent will pave way for more such thefts!! The robberies at Pazhoor Perum Thrikkovil temple at Piravom, Triprayar SreeRama temple etc cause a lot of worries among the Hindus. some theft cases remain unsolved and some might have gone cold with no trace of the robbers.