A 24.5 kg silver palanquin was found missing from the ancient Sakaranarayanaswamy temple here today, police said.

The missing of the palanquin was noticed while checking the inventory of the temple for handing over the charge to a new Executive Officer. Temple officials could not say as to when exactly the palanquin went missing, police said.

The temple authorities has lodged a complaint to the crime branch police and a case was registered regarding the missing.

The palanquin was used during special poojas. It was carried by a particular community people.

Though the value of the palanquin was given at Rs 11.3 lakh, it was considered very precious due to its workmanship and antiquity, police said.

Meanwhile, MDMK workers blocked the temple office demanding a judicial inquiry by a retired judge into the missing of the palanquin.