Several ornaments from Tuljabhavani temple in Tuljapur, including her crown and Mangalsutra were stolen, according to a newspaper report.
The theft came to light when the Temple Trust’s Regional Officer Ganesh Pawar revealed it during the meeting of the 16-member committee. Out of the 27 ornaments four were reported missing, that include 826 gm gold crown. To mislead the devotees and the Trust members a duplicate crown was placed on the head of the statue of the Goddess. Her ‘paduka’ (footwear) were also found to be duplicate.
The devotees are rattled by the revelation by Pawar. Aai Tuljabhavani is considered to be the Goddess of the entire Maharashtra.