Ballia (UP): Two rare ‘ashtdhatu’ (eight metals) idols of lord Ram and goddess Janki worth over Rs.1 crore in the international market were stolen from a village temple in Ballia district, police said on Monday.

The theft, which took place at Takarsan village in the district, came to light in the morning when the priest and his assistant found the temple doors broken, police said.

A search is on to nab the criminals, they added.