Hyderabad: A video of a temple being demolished is viral on social media. Users claim that the incident occurred in Tamil Nadu, which is being governed by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
"Another Hindu temple has destroyed in the Taliban-ruled Tamil Nadu. (sic)" reads the caption on the video.
The same video has been shared on social media by several people. The archived links can be found here.
The claim is false.
NewsMeter discovered that several social media users were also uploading the same video claiming that it happened in Nanjangud, Karnataka.
Taking this as a cue, we searched Google for any news coverage regarding the incident and found one from The News Minute on September 12.
According to the report, the Mysuru district administration razed the temple under the direction of the Supreme Court. The apex court had directed to demolish many temples.
The episode sparked a political battle in Karnataka. The opposition accused the district administration of hurting religious sentiments. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused the opposition of communalizing the destruction, which was carried out in accordance with court orders.
Further, we looked for footage on YouTube. We can see the same pictures from 0:28 to 0:30 seconds.
We also found the video on TV9 Kannada with the graphics starting from 1:58 to 2:03 minutes.
Therefore, the incident occurred in Mysuru, Karnataka, not Tamil Nadu.