A group of thieves in India returned 14 idols they had stolen from a temple after having ‘scary dreams‘ and being ‘haunted’, The Guardian reported.
A total of 16 idols were stolen by the thieves from the ‘300-year-old temple at Lord Balaji, an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu’. However, 14 of those idols were found near the home of the temple’s priest, Uttar Pradesh.
Police inspector Rajiv Singh, told the Times of India that one of the idols was made of Ashtadhatu alloy, comprised of gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, tin, iron and mercury.
The Hindu temple of the Maa Vaishno Devi Dham, says of the alloy:
“In Hinduism, the alloy is of great importance and is highly priced. Ashtadhatu is widely used for making idols of Hindu gods and goddesses…[which] are made so as to be durable and last for years without noticeable decay.”
It has been reported that the thieves also stole idols made of copper, bras and silver.
According to the Times of India, the thieves left a ‘confession’ letter to the priest of the temple, saying that the reason they are returning the idols is because they had been having recurring nightmares.
The letter stated according to Newsweek:
“We have been suffering from nightmares since we committed the theft and have not been able to sleep, eat and live peacefully. We are fed up with the scary dreams and are returning your [valuables].”
[Based on reporting by: 9GAG]