Diamond-studded gold crowns of 3 deities stolen from Tirupati temple

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Three diamond-studded gold crowns adorning the deities Lord Govinda Raja Swamy stolen from the Andhra Pradesh’s temple town of Tirupati, police said on Sunday.  

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Tirupati is one of India’s holiest visit sites in the state’s Chittoor district because of the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is known as the richest temple in the country.

The Front doors of the temple were closed after the evening ritual of naivedyam was offered to the deities. When the doors were re-opened, crowns were found missing and the TTD’s vigilance wing immediately informed the police.

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The crowns adorning deity Govinda Raja Swamy weighs 528 gms , Sri Devi weigh 528 grams and Bhu Devi weigh 408 grams. Police said that one of the temple staffers to be involved in the theft.

Three temple priests perform duties in shifts. The theft was noticed after the first temple priest finished his duties and was replaced by the next priest.

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