Thieves steal 16 idols from ancient Hindu temple in India - and then return them begging for forgiveness after being 'haunted by scary dreams'
A gang of thieves have returned more than a dozen idols they stole from an ancient Hindu temple in India, saying they had been haunted by nightmares ever since the crime, according to police.
The group last week stole 16 statues from a 300-year-old temple of Lord Balaji - an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu - police inspector Rajiv Singh told AFP.
On Monday night they left 14 of them near the house of the temple's chief priest in Chitrakoot district in Uttar Pradesh, he said.
'They also left behind a confession letter which said they were returning the idols because they were having scary dreams,' Singh said.
The note begged for forgiveness.
One of the idols was made of Asthadhatu, an alloy of eight metals and weighed around five kilos, and the haul also included silver ornaments used to decorate deities.
The thieves have not yet been identified.
In their Hindi-language confession letter, they said: 'We have not been able to sleep, eat and live peacefully.
'We are fed up with the scary dreams and are returning your valuables.'
Merlox, Macross Island, United States
Serves them right. Don't steal or mess with ancient idols and you'll be fine. If they are disturbed bad things can happen. Luckily all they got were bad dreams and nothing more.
Entropic collapse, EndoftheUniverse, United Kingdom
So the nightmares were no idol threat then?
Old Guard, Columbus, United States
The Gods work in mysterious ways.
nishiin, Everywhere, United States
Everyone should have scary dreams after they steal.
JustAnotherVoice, Camp Geiger, United States
Oh if that was only true of all criminals to be haunted and tormented for their crimes.
Lou Cherney, independence, United States
Never steal from God
Candid8, Lostintranslation, United States
Serves them right. Prospect of Indian jails will make anyone lose sleep.
Lona, Midwest USA, United States
That'll teach them to be more careful where they steal from.
Zombie Hoxha, Durres, Albania
Steal from Satan, and he unleashes his demons on you!
Andy2992, Hereford, United Kingdom
They still kept two of them it seems lol
Wet rose petals, In A Valley, United Kingdom
Probably sold. Couldn't get them back. The new owners might be getting scary dreams. This doesn't surprise me at all.
No wonder , Down the shore NJ, United States
Sounds like a movie
cjsb12x, Leipzig, Germany
We don't even know what desecration means, let alone desacralisation.
DorryChats, Freedom, United States
Or.....the cops were closing in....that would give me nightmares lolz
RubbishBullocks, Seattle, United States
"It belongs in a museum!!!"
Blastman, Kane, United States
That temple looks jumbled. Although I'm not an expert on temples.
Ken Molestina, Dallas, United States
Looks older than 300yrs too
JoeMoer, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
I nicked sixpence from the church collection when I was a kid. Anybody got Arch Welby's bank account number?
Gotti. , Londinium , United Kingdom
Man made idols man made religion man made fake story
Davidbm, Hadera, Israel
What did they expect, living in such a supersticious country?
Redwhiteandblue-21, Auburn, United States
Nonsense. Show me which country/society is not superstitious?
Screwloose23, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
What superstitious?. Do you know anything about Hinduism?. In fact, at least in Hinduism they test their theories on religion practically to see if it works, unlike other religions that blindly follow a book cause it was written by an old man hundreds of years ago.
Coastal Cruiser, Metairie, United States,
What a quirky story with what appears to be a happy ending.