9th Century Stolen Shiva Statue To Finally Return To India From The UK

Archaeological Survey of India to now take possession of the priceless Shiva statue that was smuggled to the UK in 1998.

Neel Raju Nalawade

July 31, 2020

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A 9th century Shiva statue which was stolen, is now being returned to India from the United Kingdom. The statue is a rare depiction of Lord Shiva in the Pratihara style. The statue was stolen from the Ghateshwar Temple, in Baroli, Rajasthan in February 1998. This rare artefact was reportedly smuggled to the United Kingdom. Soon, the British authorities were alerted and they interacted with a private collector who was in possession of the statue. It was then voluntarily handed over to the Indian High Commission in the year 2005 and since then the statue has been on display at the India House in London.

In 2017, a group of experts visited London to confirm whether it was the same statue. After confirming, the rare Shiva statue is finally on its way to India and will now be handed over to the Archaeological Survey of India.

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