Kashi is going to meet the ancient idol of Goddess Annapurna soon. This idol was stolen from the coast of Varanasi a century ago. The statue was found at the University of Regina, Canada. It is a coincidence that World Heritage Week is scheduled to begin on 19-25 November. During this time, an artist looked at the statue and raised the issue. This idol will now be brought to India. Annapurna’s statue from the University of Regina collection at the Mackenzie Art Gallery was presented to Interim President and University Vice Chancellor, Thomas Chase, to Canadian High Commissioner of India Ajay Basaria at a ceremony on 19 September.
Regina University of Canada has decided to return the idol stolen from India nearly 100 years ago. The university will return to a unique statue of the 18th-century Hindu goddess Annapurna in an effort to break free from colonialism and unpleasant heritage to rectify historical mistakes in India. The statue is part of the original 1936 legacy of British journalist and historian Norman McKenzie and is now part of the Regina University collection. The university said on Thursday that artist Divya Mehra drew attention to the fact that the statue was misrepresented more than a century ago.