An OverviewStatistics reveal that our state is counted in the list of those states that have very rare theft issues other than very unfamiliar thefts in the field of divine. An old ashtdhatu idol about 500 years old was recovered in 2010 which gives us an idea that only few of them are recovered, rest are exported to the other countries and the exporters get a handsome money. They are just forgetting the values that are embedded with those antique pieces of metals and the power of integration they hold among them. These are the idols which represent our heritage and selling them makes our heritage vanish in no time. In Himachal these idols are connected with the heritage to the times of Buddhism era and few earlier years of formation of the state.
In DepthThe police department is still coping with the theft saga of recovered idol from Padal near the residence of additional SP Mandi. Still they are unable to trace the latitude and longitude of the place from where this very idol has been stolen. So, such cases are many and they are under process. No doubt, police is doing their best in finding those defaulters but till the time a common person won't come up and give his/her attention to the matter and to stop such an evil this would increase in a chain and it would never terminate. According to the statements made by the police department an international gang is behind these thefts. But the simple thought brings into light that this foreign gang cannot accomplish their task without the help of localities. So, the committee should be responsible if any such issue comes into being and they must be asked first. Other issue that has been seen is that these people come as visitors in the winters to such a shrines and take away with them those really monuments and considering them as the tourists none is being checked. So, these tourists must be passed through a checking while moving away from these shrines.
According to one of the priest about half-a-dozen precious Snake God masks were stolen from a shrine in Urhgosh village situated in Lahul Valley few years back. The theft was revealed when they opened the main door of the temple after for months due to the heavy snowfall. Buddha icon weighing 20 kg was recovered by state police from Hamirpur. So, these thieves take the shed of snow and extreme cold and loot all the old, valuable treasure from various divine places of the state. Since 1990 about 200 idols have been stolen concerning to the monks temple, whereas other people believe that this number is expected to be more than 200. Where earlier the state police was behind the smugglers, idol thefts and other similar things ; now they have to employ themselves in an activity of the theft of old monuments. They have caught few gangs of such people who dealt with such an activity. They caught telephonically a dealer to sell a piece of idol for about one crore.
So, people should stop such a sin because it is not really good to steal such monuments. Here, there is a list of few such thefts which came into light in couple of years back in Himachal Pradesh.
2005: Eleven famous ashtdhatu idols were stolen from the temple of Chohag deity in Madhok village of Spiti Valley in the month of February.
2006: A 1,110-year-old Ganehsa idol was stolen from Hatkoti temple in Shimla district.
2007: Stone idols of Shiva and Parvati, stolen from the temple in Jagatsukh village near Manali.
2008: Half-a-dozen precious wooden masks of a snake god were stolen from a shrine in village Urhgosh from Lahul Valley. Two idols of Devi Shoolni, the presiding deity of Solan went missing.
2009: Seven antique idols stolen form Keem Temple near Rampur in Shimla district.
2010: Century-Old bell stolen from the Indian Institute of Advance studies in Shimla.
Such a cases have been revealed in the past and who knows that how many of it is left uncovered. So, each one of us has to come up and save these monuments from the hands of such people who donot care for the divine for money.