India UK | Oxford University Returns 500 Year Old Stolen Indian Idol | Oxford University will return 500 year old idol to India: Stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu in the 16th century, you have to pay ₹ 1800 to see it

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Oxford University charges money to view the statue of Saint Tirumankai Alwar from a distance. - Dainik Bhaskar

Oxford University charges money to view the statue of Saint Tirumankai Alwar from a distance.

Britain's Oxford University is going to return a 500-year-old bronze statue to India. According to news agency PTI, this statue is of Saint Tirumankai Alvar, which was stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu during the 16th century. Saint Tirumankai Alvar was the last of the 12 Alvar saints of South India.

Currently, this statue is kept in the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford University, and one has to pay around 1800 rupees to see it. This statue of Saint Tirumankai Alwar is 60 cm tall. It was kept in Oxford University by Dr. J.R. Belmont in 1967.

The Indian High Commission in Britain had given evidence to Oxford University on 11 March 2024 that the statue belongs to a temple in Tamil Nadu. After this, Oxford University has said that it will return it to India after its internal investigation. Now this statue will be placed before the Charity Commission, which will take the final decision on it.

The statue is kept in the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford University.

The statue is kept in the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford University.

how did you find out statue Stolen from India?
Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum said that before Covid, a researcher did a study about the statue, in which everything came to light. After this, the Indian High Commission was informed about it in 2019. The Indian High Commission shared this information with the Government of India, after which evidence about the statue was collected.

The idol was confirmed to be a bronze found in a temple in Tamil Nadu in 1957. After this, India presented evidence to Oxford University and appealed for the return of the idol. Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum said that they did not know that this idol had been stolen from India.

Britain has returned the statues before
Earlier, Indian artefacts were brought back from Britain in August 2023, which was a limestone carved statue from Andhra Pradesh. After this, the 17th century 'Navneet Krishna' bronze statue stolen from Tamil Nadu was handed over to the Indian High Commissioner in the UK after a joint US-UK investigation.

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