The Yogini obtained on the High Commission on the auspicious day of Makar Sankranti has been dispatched to the Archaeological Survey Of India in Delhi, officers within the High Commission of India in UK, and the Ministry of Culture, stated.
“Repatriation of our rightful artifacts continues: 10th Century Goat Headed Yogini Idol which had been illegally removed from a temple in Lokhari, Uttar Pradesh is being returned to India from the UK. @NarendraModi Govt is committed to realize the Civilisational Glory of Maa Bharati,” G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Culture and Tourism, tweeted on Saturday.
Earlier, the High Commission of India in London stated that it’s completely happy to announce the restoration and repatriation of “a very special” tenth century stone idol that had been illegally faraway from a temple in Lokhari, Banda, Uttar Pradesh within the Nineteen Eighties.
It is discovered that the stated sculpture had briefly surfaced within the artwork market in London in 1988.
In October 2021, the High Commission of India obtained details about the discovering of a goat-headed Yogini sculpture that had matched the outline of the Lokhari set, within the backyard of a personal residence close to London.
India Pride Project, Singapore and Art Recovery International, London swiftly assisted the High Commission of India, London within the identification and restoration of the Statue whereas the High Commission of India processed the requisite documentation with the native and Indian authorities.
Interestingly, the same sculpture of the buffalo-headed Vrishanana Yogini, apparently stolen from the identical temple at Lokhari village, had been recovered and repatriated by the Embassy of India, Paris in 2013. The Vrishanana Yogini was put in within the National Museum in Delhi in September 2013.