The statue is part of the University of Regina’s collection at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

 A Canadian college will before long re-visitation of India a one of a kind sculpture of Hindu goddess Annapoorna that was taken from a sanctuary in Varanasi longer than a century prior and discovered its way to the varsity's craft display, trying to “right historical wrongs” and help defeat the “damaging legacy of colonialism”.The sculpture is important for the University of Regina's assortment at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. The sculpture was essential for the first 1936 estate by Norman MacKenzie, the display's namesake.Artist Divya Mehra focused on the way that the sculpture had been improperly assumed control longer than a century back while experiencing MacKenzie's perpetual assortment and getting ready for her presentation, the college said in an assertion on Thursday.The sculpture will before long start its excursion home after a virtual bringing home function hung on November 19. College's Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Dr Thomas Chase practically met with High Commissioner of India to Canada Ajay Bisaria to authoritatively localize the sculpture, it said.Representatives from the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Global Affairs Canada, and Canada Border Services Agency likewise went to the ceremony.“We are delighted that this unique statue of Annapoorna is on her way home. I am grateful to the University of Regina for their proactive engagement for the return of this cultural icon to India,” Bisaria said.“The move to voluntarily repatriate such cultural treasures shows the maturity and depth of India-Canada relations,” he said.When Mehra explored the story behind the sculpture, she found that MacKenzie had seen the sculpture while out traveling to India in 1913. An outsider wanted to have the sculpture, and took it for him from its unique area – a holy place at stone strides on the riverbank of the Ganges at Varanasi, India, the varsity said.Dr Siddhartha V Shah, Curator of Indian and South Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, recognized the sculpture as the Hindu goddess Annapoorna.She holds a bowl of kheer (rice pudding) in one hand and a spoon in the other. These are things related with Annapoorna, who is the goddess of food and the sovereign of the city of Varanasi. She is praised by her enthusiasts as one who supports and fortifies the body through food, and the spirit through edification, the assertion said.“The repatriation of the Annapoorna is part of a global, long-overdue conversation in which museums seek to address harmful and continuing imperial legacies built into, sometimes, the very foundations of their collections. As stewards of cultural heritage, our responsibility to act respectfully and ethically is fundamental, as is the willingness to look critically at our own institutional histories,” said Alex King, Curator/Preparator, University of Regina President's Art Collection.When the current organization at the University and the MacKenzie Art Gallery were made aware of the documentation which uncovered the sculpture as an object of culture burglary, the two foundations focused on making a proper move, the varsity said.“As a university, we have a responsibility to right historical wrongs and help overcome the damaging legacy of colonialism wherever possible,” said Chase.“Repatriating this statue does not atone for the wrong that was done a century ago, but it is an appropriate and important act today. I am thankful to the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Indian High Commission, and the Department of Canadian Heritage for their roles in making it possible,” the Vice-Chancellor said. (This story has been distributed from a wire office channel without alterations to the text.)Follow more stories on Facebook and Twitter