Kundapur: Theft at Uppunda Venkataramana temple, ornaments worth lacs stolen

Silvester D'Souza

Daijiworld Media Network - Kundapur (MS)

Kundapur, Apr 7: In an incident that came to light on the morning of Friday, April 6, gold ornaments worth lacs of rupees of Sri Laxmi Venkataramana temple Uppunda, belonging to Gouda Saraswath community, were stolen.

The thieves who entered the temple premises, which is situated by the side of national highway 66, through the compound wall, broke the outer door as well as the door of the sanctum sanctorum using arms and stole the idol of god which had a silver cover, two prabhavalis, silver accessories used in the pooja and other gold ornaments belonging to the temple.

The temple priest who arrived to conduct the pooja in the morning saw the theft and informed the concerned immediately. Three idols in the sanctum sanctorum and other things were also stolen.

Thieve leaves behind the bag with stolen items

At around 3 am, some local youths, who were returning after watching Yakshagana, noticed a person walking through the narrow walkway of Tippanadi paddy field adjacent to Daivada Mane (temple of deities) near Marlammabettu, Bijoor. When the group of youths started walking towards the person, he started running and in the melee dropped the bag which he was carrying and escaped in the early morning darkness.

As it was dark, the locals did not make attempt to trace the person out of fear. By the time the locals brought the torchlight and started to look out for the concerned person, he had eloped from the scene. At the same time, they noticed a motorbike that zoomed fast towards Murgolihaklu via Bijoor school road. They informed the police immediately and when the police opened the bag dropped by the thief while running, they found a seat of the idol, an idol of god made of sandalwood without the silver cover, one silver Prabhavali and other silver accessories.

Police dog returns after covering one km

Fingerprint experts arrived at the temple and have taken important evidence. Dog squad also arrived on the spot. The dogs in the squad ran up to Murgolihaklu railway gate via Bijoor Charakoodlu road and school road from the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and returned. This is approximately has a distance of one km.

61grammes of gold and 28 kg of silver worth more than Rs 13 lac, are yet to be traced.

Kumara Chandra, additional SP, Paramesha Gunaga, circle inspector, Byndoor, Thimmesha B N, station officer of Byndoor police station visited the spot and investigation is on to catch the culprits.

A case in this regard stands registered in Byndoor police station. 



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  • Kusuma Kumari G Nellore, Nelllore

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Those who steal Gods properties will be caught always

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Days are gone where temples and prayer houses were feared by people and devotion was there.Now one has to protect the temples ,watching with cctvs.Still at present ,a watchman is a must with all cameras where Gold and lot of money,silver articles of pooja are there.camaras record.but till you observe,and catch them ,they are over the hump. Best is decorate Deitys,with fake Gold ,and keep the gold articles in safe .Empty money daily.Now thieves ahve eyes on temples gold and silver articles.No faith,no devotion, no respect,only money,gold atters to some.Hope they will return the articles to temple even ananymous and repent to God.

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  • Anand, Surathkal

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Does any God need gold , silver and luxury ? Keep the God only in wooden or stone form which will create more devotion.
    If any temple is having excess fund, please spend it for the education and food of lesser privileged ones. God bless all.

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  • Amit, Karkala

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Like wise you also are not attached to gold I feel .. give away your ornaments to the poor . People do go door to door to make ornaments for god . He doesn't want anything so we shouldn't make anything . But a Gaud Saraswat Brahman are the people treat god as family so we do make gold for them .. it's easy to say but when you loose your 100 rupees check how hyper you get .

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  • Anand, Surathkal

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Yes I am not attached to gold and do not wear any gold ornament. I do not allow my family members to exhibit excess gold which can tempt others. My observation is not with reference to any GSB temples. You are free to use any amount of gold to your deities with your money.

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  • Venkatesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 09 2018

    Its not the temple who purchase or decorate the gold.. Its the devotee who offer or donate the gold, money to the god..
    God doesn't need anything he expects only your true beliefs , true prayers .. Other than that whatever you do is for your satisfaction only. (Even lighting candles,diyas, Sunday prayers, processions or anything) After all its devotees wish to offer anything to lord for his satisfaction, but no other person need to obstruct , get jealous his way of praying...

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  • UMMAR, mangalore

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Acche Din ki Side Effect ..GST

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  • Venkatesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 09 2018

    Again politics in religious matters...

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Better to install to CCTV and hope for the early nab of culprits.

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  • Ajay, Kallianpur

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Poor security is too much temptation

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Insider Job ...

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  • KRishna Dasa,, Udupi,.

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    It is Gods will, He does not need ornaments, He needs Good people. He will let people take everythig or he will gine anything asked

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    ...and we go to temples and pray to protect us!!!

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  • Indian, Mlore

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Where & why do u go to church every sunday ??

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  • Rocks, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Ppl are started looting God's now.... really astonished ! This man can go do any kind of crime easily without any fear... Severely punished !

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  • Cynthia, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    These robbers neither have fear of God nor police/court/punishment...how courageous these people to enter the temple and do the robbery and pass through the house of dieties??? Very soon these people end up their lives in a very sad and suffering manner...even their repentance won't cure them...
    Many devotees fulfil their promises whichever way they can...thats their hard earned money... Curse on these robbers...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 07 2018

    Trustees should be forced to install CCTV ...

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