The curious case of TTD’s missing crowns

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has raised concerns over the theft of jewels at the Govindaraja Swamy temple in Tirupathi. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and the Police department have swung into action to investigate the incident in the temple which has created a flutter across the state. 

The combined weight of the three crowns stands at 1,300 grams of gold. The crowns are adorned to the processional deities of Sri Kalyana Venkateswara, His consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi, consecrated in the Kalyana Mandapam next to the shrine of Sri Govindaraja, who is seen in a reclining position in the sanctum sanctorum. Mythologically, Govindaraja is considered the elder brother of Sri Venkateswara, who gets tired on continuously measuring the riches earned by His brother and thus gets to a reclining position, keeping the measuring container beside.

According to locals, the temple witnesses heavy crowd and there is little scope to hide valuables. Also, TTDP’s security personnel guard the temple along with 12 CCTV cameras keeping a vigil on the crowd in the premises. A woman constable who was posted at the temple was the first one to realise that the jewels went missing and immediately, altered the officials. 

TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal said that the investigation is on and is being expedited to ind the culprits. Meanwhile, police predict an insider angle to the theft, where some of the priests might have been involved in it.“There are 15 CCTV cameras in the temple and all are functioning,” Singhal clarified, adding that the TTD vigilance staff gave the CCTV footage to the police for  probe. “We may get the final probe report in next two days,” the EO said.

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