In a bizarre state of affairs, a pair of diamond earrings, costing Rs 23,000 were stolen from Navratan Jewellers and Brothers store in Patna, Bihar. The event occurred on the day of Mahashivratri, the day Shiva is believed to have tied the knot with Parvati.

Suspecting it to be a hand of one of his employees, Dhiraj Kumar, owner of the store on Boring Road in Patna, told Telegraph India, “We opened our shop on the Mahashivratri Day (March 4) and noticed that the jewellery was missing from one of our counters. At first, we suspected the hand of one of our employees and asked everybody, but they denied.”

Hoping to nail the culprit, Dhiraj inspected the footage of the CCTV cameras installed inside the store and was in a shock. Discovering who the thief was, Dhiraj shared, “At around 10:56 pm a rat came on the counter where diamond tops were kept in a yellow envelope, picked it up in his mouth and ran away. It went inside the false ceiling of our shop. We couldn’t believe it and kept reviewing the footage again and again. But then that’s the truth.”

Given that India is a land of diverse cultural and religious beliefs, Dhiraj considers this incident, on an auspicious day, to be a blessing. Since the rodent rat is considered as the vehicle of Ganesha, son of Shiva and Parvati as per Hindu mythology, Dhiraj believes that the ornaments were summoned by Ganesha to be given as a gift to his mother Parvati on her wedding anniversary.

Speaking to ANI about the same, Dhiraj said, “I believe that the rat was an embodiment of God and took away the earrings to endow it to the Goddess Parvati on the auspicious day of Maha Shivratri. I am delighted that it chose my shop for this purpose. Even if I find the diamond earrings, I will bestow it to the Kedarnath Temple, he added.”

While the case has been rested here and no formal complaint of the robbery has been lodged to the police given the evidence from the CCTV footage, it is interesting to note that this is not the first time that the rats of Bihar have been reported doing bizarre stuff. Earlier, the rats in the state were reported to have had consumed 200 cans of beer kept inside a storeroom of the excise department.