The Ugratara temple will finally have a new idol. The centuries-old idol that was stolen by thieves and could not be located by Guwahati Police will now be replaced with a new one in May.
The new idol is being prepared by a special sculptor in Kolkata and will be installed on May 2, temple management committee announced Saturday.
Incidentally, the original idol made from eight metals was stolen by thieves from the temple in the wee hours of November 16 last year.
Police failed to locate the stolen centuries-old idol despite arresting four thieves and their accomplices, including a woman owner of a scrapyard.
The temple management committee visited Kolkata earlier in January this year and then toured Varanasi after which the process of making the new idol began.
Four thieves had sneaked into the temple in the wee hours of Nov 16, 2018, after breaking open the temple grill and then decamped with the idol, gold jewellery, donation box and few utensils.
Police arrested the four thieves on the basis of CCTV camera footages besides making a couple of more arrests but failed to locate the idol.
The Ugratara Temple is among the 52 powerful Shakti shrines in the country and receives a steady stream of visitors every day.