The Hush Post|01:45 pm| 2-min-read
Three crowns made of gold were found missing from the Govinda Raja Swamy temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The crowns were of the deities Lord Govinda Raja Swamy and his consorts Bhudevi and Sri Devi.
The main doors of the temple were closed after the evening ritual of naivedyam on Saturday night. When the doors were re-opened half-an-hour later, the crowns were found missing, Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanams (TTD) office-bearer Kola Bhaskar said.
The Govindaraja Swamy Temple is controlled and maintained by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam and is a prominent temple in the town.
The crown adorning deity Govinda Raja Swamy weighs 528 grams. The crowns on idols of Sri Devi and Bhu Devi weigh 528 grams and 408 grams respectively.
The police suspect one of the temple staffers to be involved in the theft. There were no visitors after naivedyam is offered to the deities, one of the office bearers of the temple management said.
Three priests perform duties in shifts. The theft was noticed after the first priest finished his duties and was replaced by the next priest, he said.
The Tirupati urban superintendent of police KKN Anmburajan told mediapersons that six teams have been put on the job of looking for the accused.
Tirupati is one of India’s holiest pilgrimage sites in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, the richest temple in the country.