3 Gold Crowns, Studded With Priceless Gems, Stolen From Tirupati Temple



The robbery was reported in the temple of Sri Govindarajaswami.
The crowns of the gods of the sub-temple weigh more than 1.351 grams.
Police said all CCTV filming is being examined.Three gold crowns of the presiding deities, studded with precious stones, were stolen on Saturday from the Sri Govindarajaswami temple, one of the largest temple complexes in Tirupati, in Andhra Pradesh.

According to the police report filed by the temple superintendent, Sri Gyana Prakash, it is suspected that the robbery in the temple, which dates back to the 12th century, took place at the time of the prasad offerings at night.

The temple was closed between 5 pm and 5:45 pm at the time of the prasad offerings. When priest Harikrishna Deekshitulu took over priest Vijayasaradhi when the temple was opened, he noticed that crowns were missing. He then informed Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam, the supervisory authority, and a police report was filed in the early hours of Sunday.

The crowns of the gods of the sub-temple – Malayappa, Sridevi and Bhoodevi – weigh 1.351 grams. The crown of Malayappa weighs 528 grams, the Sridevi crown weighs 408 grams and the Bhoodevi crown weighs 415 grams.

“We are examining all the CCTV footage and everyone at the location will be treated as suspects and will be interrogated,” a research officer told NDTV.

A local BJP leader and some party workers today protested against the robbery in front of the temple.

The Sri Govindarajaswami Temple is one of the oldest temples located in the heart of the temple city.