Jewellery and utensils of deities in a 255-year-old temple at Mahesh in Serampore, Hooghly, were stolen early on Wednesday.
“The gold necklaces of Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra and their crowns made of gold and silver are missing. Also stolen were four silver glasses and plates and other accessories used to perform puja,” said Soumen Adhikary, the head priest of the temple.
“All the three idols are more than 600 years old. They were placed in this temple when it was constructed 255 years ago,” said Adhikary.
The theft was discovered by seven priests who reached the temple around 4am to perform the morning aarti. They found all four doors of the temple open. The locks on the collapsible gate were missing.
“It seems the theft was carried out late at night,” said an officer of Serampore police station. No one has yet been arrested.