Statue of rare 18th century mother Annapurna installed in Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath temple, CM Yogi Adityanath thanks PM Narendra Modi

Varanasi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday installed a rare idol of Mother Annapurna Devi at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. An 18th century idol stolen from Varanasi nearly 100 years ago was recently recovered from Canada.

Expressing his heartfelt gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister credited him for bringing the idol back to India. He said, “After 108 years, the idol of Maa Annapurna has once again returned to Kashi. The credit for this goes to Kashi’s MP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I express my heartfelt gratitude on behalf of everyone in Kashi and the state.” ,

Earlier on November 11, representatives of the Uttar Pradesh government received the stone idol from the Archaeological Survey of India after a religious ceremony amidst chanting of mantras.

With the arrival of the statue in Varanasi, the four-day ‘Shobha Yatra’ of Mother Annapurna came to an end on Sunday night. During the journey, the statue of Mother Annapurna was received with pomp at many places including Kasganj, Kanpur, Ayodhya before reaching her final destination.

The height of the idol is 17 cm, width is 9 cm and thickness is 4 cm. According to Union Minister G Kishan Reddy, 42 rare heritage artifacts have been returned to the country since 2014 during the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Whereas between 1976 and 2013, only 13 rare sculptures and paintings could be brought to India. Presently 157 sculptures and paintings have been identified abroad. Talks are going on with many countries to bring them back to India.

Efforts are on to bring in sculptures from Singapore, Australia, Switzerland and Belgium. Efforts are also on to bring back about 100 idols from America.

Maa Annapurna is considered the goddess of food and nourishment.

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