CCTV nails thieves in Jain temple
NAGPUR: January 21, 2015 : Two brothers, identified as Akshay and Prashant Male, have been booked for allegedly stealing
around Rs30,000 cash from donation box of an Itwari based Jain temple where they were employed for maintenance. A closed circuit
television camera caught the installed within temple caught the duo in the act.
The temple management, already hassled by relentless thefts from the donation box, had approached cops with the
complaint. In the meantime, the CCTV footage was scanned that helped identify the culprits. Sources in the Lakadganj police station
stated that Akshay would sneak into the shrine after opening the main gate. He would reach the first floor room where the donation
box was kept. He would break the seal and open the donation box using duplicate keys. He would also later restore the seal before
sneaking away. An offence was registered against the Male brothers for theft at Lakadganj police station. Source: timesofindia
Theft in Jain temple Bhopal canopies and cash stolen
BHOPAL, January 13, 2015: Thieves barged into a Jain temple in Nehu Nagar and escaped with
11 chhatras of silver and cash worth Rs 1.25 lakh, here early on Sunday morning. A case was registered at Kamla Nagar police station of the city.
In a year, at least six incidents in which Jain temples were targeted came to light.
In the fresh incident, police said, PK Jain, head of temple committee, is a complainant. Temple is multi-storeyed. Temple cultural secretary
Rajkumar Jain told TOI, the accused probably knew the temple well and gained entry in second floor from adjoining building and committed the theft.
There was a security guard in the temple. Priests and staffers reside in the same building complex, but no one has any idea of the theft, he added.
Source: The Times of India
Jain temple of Ganga period excavated
Bharathingar, (Mandya dist),January 5, 2015: A Jain Basadi, built during Ganga dynasty in the sixth century, has
been excavated near Arethippuru village, Maddur taluk, Mandya district.
In the month of September and October, a team of more than 30 archeologists lead by T M?Keshava, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist
of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and Assistant Archaeologist Aravali, had taken up the excavation works.
A Jain temple, measuring about hundred feet in length and 40 feet in width was discovered, along with seven statues atop Chandragiri Hill.
The jain temple consists of a facade, an entrance and sanctum sanctorum.
Ten stone pillars, statues of Bahubali, Yaksha and Yakshini, have been
excavated. Apart from them, several other relics that were used to peform rituals at the temple were also discovered during the excavation.
Experts opine that the Basadi was dedicated to one of the Thirtankaras of Jainism and was once a popular place for pilgrims, along with the temples at Shravanabelagola.
Following the retirement of Keshava, T Arun Raj has been appointed as the superintendent of the excavation project. However, the works have
been temporarily discontinued. Aravali said that there were chances that four more Jain temples are present around the excavation site.
“We will get more information once excavation is continued,” he said. Source: www.deccanherald.com