Kullu Holi begins, recovered Lord Raghunath idol installed amid much fervour

  • IANS, Kullu
  • Updated: Jan 24, 2015 16:02 IST

The stolen idol of Lord Raghunath, a highly revered idol dedicated to Lord Rama, was recovered and reinstalled at Raghunath Temple here on Saturday amid much fervour.

In a major breakthrough, police Friday recovered the idol of Lord Raghunath and other idols stolen from the temple Dec 9 last year.

The robbers entered the temple from the roof and took away the idols of Lord Raghunath and Hanuman, both made of 'ashtadhatu' (a composite of eight metals), a stone statue of Narsingh Shila (covered with gold), one silver Ganesh idol and a pair of Charan Paduka besides ornaments.

Additional Director General Sanjay Kundu told reporters that the stolen idols were recovered on the basis of clues provided by a suspect, who has been detained in Nepal.

The idol has been recovered less than 24 hours before the onset of 40-day Holi festival.

Thousands of devotees gathered at the Lord Raghunath temple in Sultanpur here, about 200 km from the state capital, to apply 'gulal' or colours to Lord Raghunath, the chief deity of Kullu Valley.

Kullu Holi is a festival with a difference.

A century-old festival begins every year on Basant Panchami and concludes when the festivities end in the rest of the country.

This year, Holi falls March 6.

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