Ancient idols stolen from Jain temple Siddhanta Mandira recoverd
Mangalore, (Karnataka), November 8, 2013: The rare precious Jain idols that were stolen from the
'Siddantha Darshan temple' of Moodabidiri have been recovered on November 5, 2013. His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji the pontiff of Moodabidri Jain Math has confirmed this.
A well packed box weighing about 750 Grams containing the Jain idols that were stolen from the Siddantha Mandir were sent to the police commissioner office at Mangalore through speed post from Bhubaneshwar.
The police commissioner's office invited Abhijith M. and Bhattarakha Swamiji of Moodabidri Jain Math to visit their office as they will be opening the box and they would like to have their presence during this process. With the video cameras the box was opened and the idols were taken out of the box.In the box recoverd a total of 12 idols, 7 of them made
of different precious stones, 5 idols made of spathika (natural crystal). Of the 5 spathika idols one of them is broken.
Total Number of Idols Recovered - *Out of the 20 idols stolen 15 have
been recovered (3 recovered earlier and 12 that were recovered at Mangalore) and 5 gold idols are yet to be recovered.
It is significant to note that the biggest campaign ever for recovery of
the stolen Jain idols was led by Mr.Gajendra Patni of Jaspu,
Chattisgarh. He led repeated demonstrations and media campaign in Chattisgarh.
His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji the pontiff of Moodabidri Jain Muth has
said that the recovery of the Jain idols was possible because of the
penance of Jain ascetics, Jain shravakas, Jain diginataries; blessings
of Jain Acharyas - Acharya 108 Sri Vidyanandji Maharaj; Acharya 108 Sri
Vardhamansagarji Maharaj; Acharya 108 Sri Vidhyasagarji Maharaj; his
diksha guru His Holiness Swasti Sri Charukkeerthi Bhattarakha
Swamiji; efforts of Jain dignitaries like Dr.D.Veerendra Heggde and others.
Amongst others he also**praised the efforts of the Mangalore Police
Commissioner Manish Kharbhikar and his team. He has also thanked the
support extended by the media (both print and electronic) in the case.
His Holiness Swamiji has applauded the support extended by the team at WWW.JAINHERITAGECENTRES.COM in publicising
the news of the theft and bringing about the awareness on this among the
Jains across the world.