Man Hides Inside Sri Subramanian Swamy Temple, Steals Offerings During Thai Poosam Celebrations
In a shocking security lapse, a 45-year-old man managed to hide inside the famous Sri Subramanian Swamy Temple in Thiruparankundram overnight and stole offerings from the shrine. The incident took place during the Thai Poosam celebrations, which drew a heavy crowd to the temple.
The man, identified as Mani, had planned to break open a hundi (a donation box) and steal the offerings. He successfully hid behind the pillars when the temple gates were closed at around 9:30 p.m. After breaking open the hundi, he stole currency notes of higher denominations, estimated to be around ₹12,000. The exact value is yet to be ascertained as there were also gold and other offerings in the hundi.
The security lapse has raised concerns among Hindu outfits and the Temple Protection Committee. They are demanding that the HR&CE officials appoint more security personnel and install CCTV cameras in the temple premises. They also want a thorough investigation into the incident, emphasizing that it should not be treated as a petty crime.
Initially, the temple authorities denied the incident, but they later confirmed it after the police revealed the name of the accused and provided additional information. The HR&CE officials have now promised to step up security measures in the temple.
It is worth noting that the Sri Subramanian Swamy Temple in Thiruparankundram is one of the six highly venerated abodes of Lord Murugan, attracting a large number of devotees during festive seasons. The temple is known for its rich history and cultural significance.
The police have registered a case against the accused, and he has confessed to stealing the offerings due to poverty. The State government recently nominated five members as trustees to the temple.
This incident highlights the need for improved security measures in religious institutions to prevent such occurrences in the future. It is crucial for authorities to take immediate action in order to protect the sanctity of these sacred places and ensure the safety of devotees.