Hyderabad: Three golden crowns studded with precious stones were stolen from Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati. The crowns adorn the sub-temple gods – Malayappa, Sridevi and Bhoodevi and the total weight of the crowns come to 1,351 gram.
Malayappa crown weighs 528 gram, Sridevi crown weighs 408 gram and Bhoodevi crown weighs 415 gram. Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanams (TTD) Assistant Executive Officer Kola Bhaskar said the theft was noticed around 10.30 PM on Saturday and the TTD’s vigilance wing immediately informed the police.
It is being suspected that the theft took place at the time of evening prasad offerings, according to the police complaint filed by the temple superintendent. Reportedly, the main doors of the temple were closed after the evening ritual of naivedyam was offered to the deities. When the doors were re-opened half-an-hour later, the crowns were found missing.
Sri Govindarajaswami Temple is one of the most ancient temples located in the heart of the temple city. A manhunt has been launched with six teams headed by two sub-divisional police officers.