Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu) | A 1000-year-old Emerald Lingam was found missing from the Brahmapureeswarar Temple in Thirukuvalai village near here, police said today.
The incident came to light when the temple priest had gone to perform pooja last evening and found the lingam, also called as ‘Suyambu lingam’ (created by God), missing and the box in which it was kept was broken, they said.
According to Archeological experts, the Emerald (Maragatham) Lingam could have been made by King Rajendra Chola from Emerald stone, brought from an East Asian country.
Based on a complaint, a case has been registered, police said adding, they suspect the involvement of an international gang in the theft of the Lingam.
The seventh century temple is administered by Dharmapura Adheenam Mutt and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
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