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In new: Annapurna Idol


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Annapurna idol

Mains level: Not Much

PM has announced that an ancient idol of the goddess Annapurna, stolen from India about a century ago, is being brought back from Canada.

Must revise: Gandhara and Mathura school of Art

[Static Revision] Chapter 6 | Post Mauryan Period (200BC to 300AD)

Annapurna Idol

  • Annapurna, also spelt Annapoorna, is the goddess of food.
  • This 18th-century idol, carved in the Benares was stolen from a temple of Varanasi and smuggled out around 100 years ago somewhere around 1913.
  • Now is part of the University of Regina, Canada’s collection at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.
  • The idol holds a bowl of kheer in one hand and a spoon in the other.

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