Valuables worth Rs 1 cr stolen from Thriprayar Ramaswamy temple

via Pioneer News Service | Thrissur published on May 30, 2008

In a shocking incident, some unidentified persons broke into the Triprayar Sree Rama Swami Temple here and made away with cash, gold ornaments, and silver artefacts early this morning. The temple authorities estimated a loss of 10 million.

The robbers broke open the sanctum sanctorum and decamped with a Panchaloha Thidambu (replica of the idol which could be taken out of the sanctum sanctorum for certain rituals), another Silver Thidambu, big silver pot, nine small silver pots and a silver ‘golaka’ worth lakhs of rupees. They also took away the gold ornaments of the chief priest stored in a box there.

They also broke open the four hundis placed in front of the sanctum sanctorum and decamped with currencies, but abandoned the coins.

The temple is administered by the Cochin Devaswom Board (CDB). Cochin Devaswom Board president TG Ravi, Devaswom Commissioner Chandrashekhara Babu and vigilance officer PM Subrahmaniyan have reached the spot and initiated investigations.

A police team led by a Superintendent of Police reached the spot and started investigations into the incident. Two security guards, who were on duty at the temple last night, were being questioned by the police. Police have started investigations with the help of finger print experts and sniffer dogs.

Located about 20 km from here, the Triprayar Sreerama Kshetram is an ancient temple forming part of a quartet of temples (nalambalam) dedicated to Lord Ram and his brothers Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughnan.

Thrippayar Sree Ramaswamy temple and Thiruvangad Sree Ramaswamy temple are the two major temples of Sree Ramaswamy in Kerala.

Hindu Aikya Vedi State organising secretary Kummanam Rajashekharan has called upon the State Government and the Home department to immedeatly arrest the culprits behind the gory crime. He said that the believers were shocked to hear the tragic news and added that this was an insult to the police force in the State.

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