Three crowns belonging to the processional deities at the Sri Govindaraja Swamy temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh went missing on Saturday evening.

The diamond-studded crowns adorned by the deities Lord Govinda Raja Swamy and his consorts Bhudevi and Sri Devi were found missing by the temple priest at around 5:45 pm. The theft was realised when the sanctum santorum where the idols presided were reopened for rituals and offerings by devotees.

According to the officials of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam(TTD), an independent trust that manages the temple, the stolen ornaments weigh over 1.3 kg and are worth several crores.

The 12th-century temple built by saint Sri Ramanujacharya is a part of 18 sub-temples.

Assistant Executive Officer Kola Bhaskar, TTD said the police are investigating the exact of the cause of events.

The main doors of the temple are usually closed after the evening ritual of naivedyam (offering to God) was offered to the deities. When the doors were re-opened half-an-hour later, the crowns were found missing, said another official.

After initial investigation, a complaint has been lodged with the Tirupati Urban police for futher probe. 

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