PALANPUR: Moni Nirbhay Sagar Maharaj, the head of Umta Digambar Jain temple, some 8 km from Visnagar in Mehsana district, has threatened to go on fast unto death if the stolen ancient idol of Chakreshwari Mata is not found.
Talking to TOI, Moni said, "I have abandoned food since the time I came to know of the theft. I would give up even liquids and go on fast till the idol is recovered."
Around 250-300 devotees from across the state will also join Moni in his fast. Devotees from other parts of the country have also expressed their solidarity with Moni.
Meanwhile, director of State Archeological Survey Y S Rawat said, "The lost idol was indeed unique for its sculptural prettiness. It was a priceless piece. The idol belongs to 1200-1300 CE during the Solanki dynasty."