Faith Stolen: Lost Statue of Nil Barahi Discovered in Singapore Museum After 23 Years

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An Aghoreswora (Nil Barahi) statue made of gold and copper that had been missing from Pharping for 23 years has been discovered.

The statue has been discovered in a renowned Singaporean museum. The archeologically significant Nepal Samvat 756 carved icon was lost from Pharping on Asar 2, 2056.

The 756 Samvat (1636 CE) image of Aghoreswora (Nil Barahi), which was taken in 1999 from Pharping, has been found in the collection of the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore, according to “Lost Arts of Nepal,” a campaign to find Nepal’s lost or stolen heritage.

In both photographs released by the campaigner, the missing hand of an idol is clearly visible.

There is a custom of carrying seven idols of God, such as Nil Barahi, across the Pharping region on the occasion of Hari-Shankar Jatra. Since four idols were stolen, the jatra is being performed with replicas of those idols.

Asian Civilization Museum is one of the four museums in Singapore. The museum is dedicated to cultivating an understanding of Singapore’s maritime and multicultural heritage by situating it within the broader context of the archaeological, historical, and art historical developments of Asia and the world. The ACM opened at the former Tao Nan School Building on Armenian Street on 21 April 1997. In 2003, the museum and its collections moved to its present location, the colonial-era Empress Place Building (built 1864–67), beside the Singapore River. 

Previously, Lost Arts of Nepal reported that 17th Century Gilt Copper Image of Chakrasamvara Vajrabarahi, stolen from a Buddhist Monastery in Itumbahal, Kathmandu was found sold by a US Based Art Dealer, Nayef Homsi.

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