Fact Check: Nandi idol found buried under temple, not mosque

A photo of an idol of the Hindu deity Nandi is being shared on social media with the claim that it was found buried under a mosque.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  26 April 2022 7:15 AM GMT
Fact Check: Nandi idol found buried under temple, not mosque

Hyderabad: A photo of an idol of the Hindu deity Nandi is being shared on social media with the claim that it was found buried under a mosque.


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Fact Check

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found several news reports from September 2021 indicating that the idol was found at Sellandiamman temple in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu.

According to a report by Puthiyathalaimurai, a Tamil Nadu-based media organisation, the idol was discovered at the Sellandiamman temple when authorities dug a trench in front of the temple to build a perimeter wall.


The same was reported by other news outlets such as Dinamalar and Vikatan. "Work is currently underway to renovate the Sellandiamman Temple…workers dug the soil in front of the Pondicherry temple to build a perimeter wall. At that time, they saw an old Nandi idol buried in the soil and informed the temple authorities about it," reported Vikatan.

The reports further said that the temple authorities handed over the idol to revenue officials.

It is clear that the Nandi idol was not found buried under a mosque. The picture is being shared online with a false communal claim.

Claim Review:An idol of Nandi was found buried under a mosque.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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