On October 5, the idol wing police team retrieved two panchaloha idols of Dhakshinamurthy alias Thanjai Azhagar and Thiripurandhagar from the Thanjavur museum. Subsequently, on Thursday, the idols were produced before the Kumbakonam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court. The court after inspecting the idols, ordered to place both the idols at a strong room at Nageswaran temple in Kumbakonam. In the evening on Thursday, both the idols were handed over to the officials of the strong room.
The idols were gifted by King Raja Raja Chola’s wife Panchavanmadevi to the Big Temple. In the due course of time, both the idols were kept for display at the museum located in the Thanjavur palace premises. It is said that the idols were placed for over 69 years in the museum. Since, a case about missing idols was filed at the Thanjavur west police station on March 2, 2018, the idols were retrieved from the museum to be placed in a place of worship. The police said that the idols would be placed at the Big Temple, where it originally belonged.