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10th century Yogini idol stolen from Chitrakoot recovered from London

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The idol of Yogini is being brought back from London in the second week of July 2022 after 40 years. It is likely to reach the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in the next three to four days. This idol made of sandstone is of a different kind, in which the head of the elf is that of a goat.

Important Facts:

  • This statue is currently being considered for a place in the National Museum.

  • Earlier idols of Lord Shiva and Ram, Sita and Lakshmana have been brought back to India.

  • The idols of Ram, Sita and Lakshmana were handed over to the Tamil Nadu government two years ago.

  • The process of sending this idol to India started about six months ago. ASI is bringing back this idol.

  • According to ASI officials, the Ministry of Culture will take a decision on keeping the idol from where it was stolen.

  • Presently it is thought to be kept in the National Museum. The Indian High Commission in Britain has completed the formalities of sending the ancient idol back to India. This idol remains from the 10th century.

  • This idol of Yogini was stolen about 40 years ago and taken to London. It was stolen from Kalika temple in Lokhati village (now Chitrakoot district) of Lauti gram panchayat of Banda district of Uttar Pradesh in the year 1980.

  • In October 2021, the Indian High Commission in London was informed about the presence of a statue of an elf in the English Country Garden.

  • Steps were taken in this direction under the Bharat Swabhiman Project and the London administration had started the process of handing over the statue to India.

Identification of the idol:

  • The statue was found by Chris Marinello, founder of Art Recovery International, when a woman in London was selling household items after the death of her husband.

  • Marinello contacted Vijay Kumar, co-founder of the non-profit India Pride Project, which is working to recover cultural items stolen from India.

  • In the Kalika temple of Lokhri village from where the idol of Yogini was stolen, not one but three idols were stolen.

  • An idol was found in them, which was established by making a temple in the Raipura police station premises. Two idols are still missing. One of them was an idol of Yogini. History expert Shiva Prem Yajik told that idols were installed in 64 Yogini temples in the ancient fort of Chandel kings in Lokhri.

  • Their number would have been 64 according to the name, at present, there are half a dozen idols, which are fragmented.

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