Panchaloha Idol, Materials Stolen from Mariamma Temple
Mangaluru: As the monsoon gains momentum, thieves appear to be getting more active. Reports of frequent thefts in homes and temples are being received.
Miscreants broke into the precincts of Mariamma temple in Suratkal late Saturday night. They appear to have gained access through the southern door. By breaking open the main sanctuary, they took away many items.
They included a panchaloha idol of Durga Devi, three silver vessels and three silver facial masks of the deity, which may have been donated by her devotees.
The total value of goods stolen is estimated around Rs 1 lakh. A case has been registered in Suratkal police station.
There has been an order from the district administration to have CCTV cameras installed in all houses of worship. But it was not followed in this case, said a devotee.