In recent years, the fifth important heritage has returned from London to Delhi in the form of a Goddess Yogini idol. This statue is being considered for inclusion in the National Museum. Previously, Lord Shiva, Ram, Sita, and Lakshman's idols were returned to the country. The Rama, Sita, and Lakshman idols were given to the Tamil Nadu government two years ago. This Yogini Devi idol was stolen about 40 years ago and was taken to London; now, this ancient idol is returning home.
According to reports, the process of sending the idol to India has begun. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will soon return this idol. ASI claims to have obtained information about the idol.
According to the ASI official, returning the idol to the UK through the Indian High Commission is a commendable step. The work will be completed in accordance with the instructions of the Government of India. In terms of where the idol will be kept, the Ministry of Culture will decide whether or not to send it to the stolen location. It is currently thought to be housed in the National Museum.
According to reports, this statue has arrived at the Indian High Commission in the United Kingdom. The High Commission is completing the formalities for returning the ancient idol to India. This idol dates back to the 10th century. Between 1979 and 1982, it was stolen from a temple in Lokhari village, Banda district, Uttar Pradesh.
A few months ago, Chris Marinello and Vijay Kumar were instrumental in identifying the artwork. The Indian High Commission in London was notified in October 2021 of the presence of a Yogini Devi statue in the English Country Garden. Under the Bharat Swabhiman project, steps were taken in this direction, and the London administration began the process of handing over the statue to India.
The Archaeological Survey of India is now preparing to return the idol to India. Chris Marinello, the founder of Art Recovery International, discovered this statue when a woman in London was selling items from her home following her husband's death. Following this, Marinello co-founded the non-profit organization India Pride Project with Vijay Kumar, who has been working to recover cultural items stolen from India.