New Delhi: The 18th-century Anna-Purna Devi idol that was taken away from Kashi Vishwanath Temple is all set to be re-installed again as center as given the idol to Government of UP and after mutual agreement. The Idol will be installed again on November 15.
The idol was bought back from Canada in recent days. The Union Ministry of Culture formally handed over the idol of Annapurna Devi to the Uttar Pradesh government at a ceremony held at New Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art. The event was attended by Union Ministers, G Kishan Reddy, Smriti Irani, Hardeep Singh Puri, and so on.
Speaking on the occasion, G Kishan reddy said, “These are efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the idol of Goddess Annapurna, which was stolen over 100 years ago, has finally returned to India”. “Soon, the antiquities of various other states will be returned to the respective state governments. Two idols will be sent to Tamil Nadu, one to Andhra Pradesh and one to Rajasthan,” He confirmed these idols will be reinstalled.
In the last 7 years of NDA’s Tenure, The Centre was able to retrieve 40 antiques from various countries. This is higher than since independence, more than 80+ idols are in pipeline. But, the legal process will take longer.