Hyderabad: A photo of a Nandi idol that was reportedly excavated from a tomb is being widely shared on social media.
The claim is false.
After taking a closer look at the image, NewsMeter found that one of the sculptures that can be seen behind the green railing looks like a Nandi idol. It seems like the place is a temple.
We then performed a Google reverse image search which directed us to a Tamil report by Puthiyathalaimurai TV published on 5 September 2021. According to the report, renovation work was going on in the Sellandiamman Temple of Ariyur village in Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu.
An ancient Nandi idol was found buried in the ground while digging a ditch in front of the temple to build a perimeter wall. Revenue officials have instructed archaeologists to study the date of the Nandi statue.
The news report also had a video of the temple.
It is therefore evident that the claim that a Nandi idol was excavated from a tomb is false. The idol was found at the Sellandiamman temple.