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“Tired of nightmares”: thieves return temple treasures in India | India

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A gang of thieves have returned more than a dozen idols they stole from an ancient Hindu temple in IndiaAccording to police, they were haunted by nightmares after the crime.

Last week, the group stole 16 statues from the 300-year-old temple of Lord Balaji – the incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu – in Uttar Pradesh, police spokesman Rajiv Singh told AFP.

On Monday night, they left 14 of them near the home of the church’s high priest in the Chitrakut district, he said.

“They also left a letter of confession saying they were returning the idols because they had nightmares,” Singh said. The note apologized.

One of the idols was made of Asthadhatu, an alloy of eight metals, and weighed about 5 kg. The collection also included silver ornaments used to adorn deities.

The identities of the thieves have not yet been established.

In their Hindi confessional letter, they said, “We could not sleep, eat or live in peace. We are tired of nightmares and return your valuables.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/17/were-fed-up-with-scary-dreams-thieves-return-temple-treasures

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