PATNA, INDIA, February 7, 2015 (Times of India): Three artefacts, including a silver canopy kept inside the sanctum sanctorum of the ancient Mundeshwari temple in Kaimur district, the oldest recorded Hindu temple in Bihar, were stolen on Thursday night. The temple, an ASI-protected monument, is one of the oldest living monuments in the country.
The miscreants also took away tikuli made of silver and two eyes of a goddess murthi placed in a corner of the temple’s sanctum sanctorum. A chaturmukhi Shivlinga adorns the sanctum sanctorum. An FIR has been lodged with Bhagwanpur police station in Kaimur district.
Immediately after the incident, Bihar State Board of Religious Trusts’ chairman Acharya Kishore Kunal informed the DGP and Kaimur DM about the theft. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has also been informed, Kunal told TOI. This is the second incident of theft at the temple which is without any boundary wall. The famous Shivlinga (7th century AD) of the temple was stolen some years back and recovered only due to the pressure of local residents, Kunal said.