A rare late ninth century stone statue of Lord Shiva, which was stolen from a temple in Rajasthan and smuggled to the UK, will be returned to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
- The stone Nataraj/Natesha murti, in “chatura pose with jatamakuta and trinetra” and almost four-feet-tall, is a rare depiction of Lord Shiva in the Prathihara style.
- It is a rare sandstone idol.
- It is originally from the Ghateswara Temple at Baroli, Rajasthan.
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The Gurjara-Pratiharas, also known as the Pratihara Empire, ruled much of Northern India from the mid-7th to the 11th century.
They were instrumental in containing Arab armies moving east of the Indus River.
Gurjara-Pratihara are known for their sculptures, carved panels and open pavilion style temples.
Sources: the Hindu.
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