Close on the heels of temples being desecrated in Andhra Pradesh, two idols of Hindu deities were found vandalised at a Lord Shiva temple in Muniguda in Odisha near Andhra Pradesh border.
When the priest visited the temple the following morning, he found broken pieces of the idols of goddess Saraswati and goddess Laxmi.
It was also discovered that the ornaments of Lord Jagannath were also stolen from the temple. The temple committee filed a written complaint against the unidentified accused with the Muniguda police station. Along with the local devotees, the temple management committee had demanded stringent punishment for the accused.
Attacks on Hindu temples seem to have become a routine affair in Andhra Pradesh. On Sunday, the idol of goddess Sita was found vandalised near Pandit Nehru bus stop in the Sitaram Temple in Vijayawada in Andhra. Deputy commissioner of police Vikrant Patil spoke to the temple caretaker Koteswaramma and assured the protesters that the accused would be nabbed.
On January 1, a Lord Subrahmanya idol in Lord Vigneshwara temple was found desecrated in Rajahmundry district.
Last month, miscreants targeted the famous Ramatheertham in Vizianagaram district and desecrated a 400-year-old idol of Lord Ram. The priest found that the doors of the ancient Sita Lakshmana Kodandarama temple on the Bodikonda hillock in Ramatheertham were broken.