Temples without security

Print edition : January 24, 2014

A view of the entrance to the Varadaraja Perumal temple at Suthamallli in Tamil Nadu's Ariyalur district covered with overgrown vegetation. At least 20 idols dating to the 11th century were stolen from here between 1984 and 2008. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The "moolavar" (presiding deity) and his consorts in the Varadaraja Perumal temple at Suthamallli in Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

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