Germany returns Hindu statue to India

24 Sep 2015 9:17 AM | Anonymous

Germany returns Hindu statue to India

The Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg has handed over a heritage statue to the Indian ambassador in Berlin. The Durga idol had been stolen before being sold to a German museum.

The Durga-Statue that will be returned to India (Photo: Linden Museum, Stuttgart)

The federal state of Baden-Württemberg returned the statue called "Durga Mahishasuramardini" to the Republic of India "for ethical reasons", Arndt Oschmann from the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts said on Wednesday. Indian ambassador S. E. Vijay is to receive the statue of the eight-armed goddess later on Wednesday in Berlin.

According to Arndt Oschmann, the Linden State Museum for Ethnology in Stuttgart bought the statue in the year 2000, using funds from Baden-Württemberg's Museum Foundation. The stone idol cost $250,000 (about 224,00 euros).

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