All over the world several civilisation had lived and eroded blending with time, kings and government. The paintings, Sculptures, texts and other artifacts are the sole witnesses which tells the glory of past. In that, texts and paintings lasts only few centuries on most of the cases . It leaves the current so called technological society to decode the messages as paintings started their journey of death and language of the text already becomes irrelevant with current society. This leaves only sculptures sole hope to convey the message from past which usually lasts longer than its fellow witnesses.
Focusing India, She has many cultural diversion and each one being rich it is accord. And each dynasty has unique style in sculptures. There is huge difference between Ellora caves temple and Thanjavur big temple where both are impeccable and non-comparable.
The sad part is local people near the temples does not know the value of these sculptures. They are busy losing themselves in the con game played by politicians for votes. But foreign looters are very well aware of its value(Money wise) and they are seeking local people to loot the statue so that they either display in their museum and destroy it(To kill the Indian culture slowly eventually Hindu/Buddhist/Jain culture).
Its high time now, we must stop this atrocity. I am confident that government will never enforce strong laws against it. And looters with find some loop hole to smuggle. But we badly need the support from government.
I still remember Kala Bairavar statue being in worship for public in famous Meenakshi Amman temple, Madurai and lately I could not see the statue and I am afraid of its whereabouts. Anyways with photos we can prove its origin from certain places and help us to get back in case looted. Remember Natarajar Statue being identified in Australian museum by a photo here ? But it take years and lot of struggle. Even pillars are being stolen and smuggled.
A separate department to be formed by Central government and stats to be taken from each and every temple. A surprise visit to be made to all temples big or small to validate the stats. Temple authorities to be made in charge and they have to report on regular periodical basis to this new department. Any new sculpture made or looted one returned back it should be registered with this new department. A new museum minimum 2 for big states and one for smaller ones to be established. And this should be under control of not ASI(Archeological survey of India) but new department. And those museums should hold statues from their state only. This museum can be promoted for tourism which also brings some money to its maintenance.
Lot of importance and awareness to be made among the people. It can be via a you tube video, writings, sessions. speech etc…And moreover local people near the temples needs to take the responsibility of protecting their temple belongings as well. Solely government also can’t make this a success. Our contribution is also needed. I want my future generation to know about how rich our culture was. And that is only possible via the sculptures, Yes they are the ambassador of our ancestors. Save sculptures and abolish sculpture smuggling.