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Famed Temple Icon Stolen Again in Nepal

on 2003/12/12 0:49:02 ( 1326 reads )


PANAUTI, NEPAL, December 11, 2003: The ancient icon of Brahmayini in Panauti, about 40 km to the east of Kathmandu, has been stolen for the second time, the Rising Nepal newspaper said Thursday. The icon was lifted Tuesday evening after curfew was over, the daily quoted police as saying. The icon was reinstated seven years ago after having been stolen, the daily said. "In the last one year, icons of the Indreshor temple and Bisweshor temple, recommended for World Heritage site, have also been lifted." There has been a sudden spurt in icon theft after the police post situated near the Indreshor temple was merged with the area police station, Banepa, the daily said. "Locals have been demanding that the police post be reinstated." The newspaper has not mentioned how ancient Brahmayini icon was.

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