Few images of a huge cross being installed near the Narasimha Swami temple are viral on social media.

"See huge illegal Cross in Edlapadu, AP where once footprints of #SitaMaa existed. Carving of Lord Narasimhama exists at back. In Guntur Dist Christian mafias have created havoc. @BJP4Andhra & @friendsofrss protested but the administration tacitly supported. #Encroachment4ChristInAP (sic)," reads the message



These images are viral on both Twitter as well as Facebook. The users are claiming that a huge cross is being installed on the hillocks of Edlapadu where an idol of Narasimha Swami and Sitamma footprints are located. The idol and Sitamma footprints are worshipped by Hindus. Users claim that the church is encroaching upon the area and disrupting its sanctity.

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Fact Check:

The claim that a huge cross is being installed on the same hillock where Narasimha swami idol and Sitamma Padalu (footprints) are located is FALSE.

Guntur rural district Police have refuted these claims. They published a clarification on this issue. "THEY ARE COMPLETELY 2 DIFFERENT HILLOCKS and there is absolutely NO encroachment of the hill where Narasimha Swami Idol is located (check videos by our SHO), Request to use Twitter to spread love, unity, and peace. @APPOLICE100, @dgpapofficial, @ysjagan," police said.

They even shared the video of the hillock where Narasimha Swami Idol is located.

In a press release, Sub Collector of Narasaraopet said there is no encroachment on the hillock where Narasimha Swami Idol and Sitamma Padalu (Footprints) are located.

"There is NO truth in this news. RCM Church has applied to the government on the construction of a huge cross on the Yerrakonda area. But even before permission was granted, the Church has started the construction of the cross. Police commisionerate and Tahsildar of the area is taking the necessary action on the construction," he said.

There is a minimum of ½ kilometer distance between the place where Narasimha Swami Idol is located and the cross being constructed. So Please do not believe in the rumors, police added.

The same report has been published in several articles on media websites.

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/bjp-member-claims-cross-erected-ap-hillock-hindu-shrine-cops-bust-fake-news-144500

https://www.siasat.com/cross-on-andhra-hillock-rouses-bjp-ire-2101858/

Hence, the claim that a huge cross is being installed on the same hillock where Narasimha Swami Idol and Sitamma Padalu (footprints) are located is FALSE.


Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist. Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support. A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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