In past few days, as many as six Hindu temples of Assam have been robbed. On Friday, some miscreants broke into the historical Siddheswar temple and absconded with centuries old Lord Vishnu and Goddess Durga idols.
Five other temples also witnessed theft, four are in city’s Maligaon area and one in central Assam’s Raha. It is being speculated that all the incidents could be interconnected. Guwahati police commissioner Pradip Saloi said, “We have asked the concerned police officers in Guwahati to review the security requirements at various temples in the city and make necessary arrangements with the help of the temple management committees and locals.”
The robbery at Siddheswar temple was discovered by a priest when he went there perform daily rituals. Police rushed to the spot soon after being informed about the theft. The Siddheswar Devalaya managing committee has demanded security deployment at the temple, owing to its rich historical significance. “The shocking vandalization of Assam’s historic temples has set alarm bells ringing. The idols looted from the temple are centuries-old and made of valuable metals. People are emotionally attached to them,” said committee president Gouranga Das.
Last week, a thousand-year-old idol was stolen from the famous Ugratara temple in the city. Some miscreants who had been involved in the Ugratara idol theft have been arrested, but the stolen idol is yet to be recovered. Citizens are fuming over the failure of police to locate the idol, the centre of attraction at the Ugratara temple. The idol consisted of ashtadhatu (eight metals), including gold, and is believed to have been installed in 1044 AD during the rule of the Pala dynasty.