Vignesh Vijayakumar, a nonresident Indian from Dubai acquired the Mahindra Thar at an auction. The red limited edition car belonged to the Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple. It had been gifted as a part of a ritual to the temple by the manufacturer of Mahindra cars.
The first auction traded the Thar for INR 15. 1 lakh in December of last year and in the re-auction, it fetched US$55,026.67 excluding the GST. Adding the goods and services tax would make the car well over INR 5 million. A fresh bidding was executed in order to sort out the controversy that had been generated by the previous auction.