Murugan idol from Pallava-era.

Syllabus: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.


The Idol Wing CID, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, U.S., has traced a stone idol of Lord Murugan, which was stolen from a 7th Century Pallava-era temple at Thachur in Kallakurichi district and smuggled into the United States.


  • The ancient Shiva temple had 13 stone idols of various deities.
  • Much of the temple was destroyed during invasions by Malik Kafur and other Mughal kings.
  • Portions of the structure had disintegrated, and were buried.
  • However, some of the idols were lying on the ground. In 1998, the villagers resumed worship of the idols in the dilapidated temple.
  • The idol of Lord Murugan was stolen from there in 2000.
  • The villagers perused a book called Thadayam, which provided clues about the temple and the idols.

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