An image showing a desecrated Idol is viral on social media. Users claim that the idol was desecrated at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh.

"Another Mandir vandalized in Rajamandhry, Andhra Pradesh. Oh sleeping Hindus & secular Hindus wake up. They r doing these when they r a mere 2%. Imagine what will happen when they get to 20% or more (sic)," read the message.

It has been shared on Facebook with the claim: "Attacks on Hindu temple are continuing in Andhra Pradesh. On Thursday night, some unidentified miscreants vandalized the idol of Lord Subrahmanyeshwara Swamy in Rajahmundry, East Godavari. Miscreants demolished the arms of Lord Surbahmanyeshwara Swamy on the premises of Lord Vinayaka temple in Sriram Nagar, Rajahmundry (sic)."

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Fact check:

The claim that the Idol of Lord Subrahmanyeshwara Swamy in a temple in Rajahmundry was desecrated is TRUE.

Priests of Vigneshwara temple in Sriramnagar in Rajahmundry found the two arms of Lord Subrahmanya's rock figurine severed.

The case has been registered and the hunt is on to nab the perpetrators. According to sources, the vandalism seems to have taken place on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1.

This is the second incident in a week. Earlier, the idol of Lord Rama was beheaded at the ancient Sita Lakshmana Sametha Kodandarama temple on the Bodhikonda hillock in Ramatheertham of Vizianagaram district. The severed portion was retrieved from a nearby temple pond.

This incident took place on December 29, 2020, triggering tensions in the area. BJP leaders from Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts and representatives of Hindu organizations reached the temple and demanded that the culprits be arrested immediately.

Therefore, the claim that Subrahmanyeswara Swamy idol placed in Vigneswara Temple in Rajahmundry has been vandalized is TRUE.

Claim Review :   Lord Subrahmanyeswara Swamy’s idol has been vandalized in Vigneswara Temple at Rajahmundry
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  True

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