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Missing 'holy ornament' found in Guruvayur temple well after 29 years

Missing holy ornament found in Guruvayur temple well after 29 years

Guruvayur: A stone-studded gold ornament weighing about 60 grams was Friday recovered from the well of the famous Sree Krishna temple here, nearly 29 years after it disappeared.

The precious ornament, known as 'nagapatathali' in local parlance, was found when the well close to the sanctum sanctorum was dried for clean up after the water turned muddy.

This is one of the three ornaments that went missing in 1985. Two other gold chains, weighing 60 and 40 grams each, is yet to be traced, temple authorities said.

They examined the recovered ornament and confirmed it as the missing item.

It was earlier considered as a theft case and some priests were interrogated as part of the investigation.

When the well was cleaned up last year several steel and brass utensils were found. The slushy bottom of the well, however, was not explored then.


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