Nandi Idol Found While Digging a Mosque? No, That's a Temple!

The image is from Tamil Nadu and the idol was found during reconstruction work at the Sellandiamman temple.

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Video Editor: Puneet Bhatia

An image of Hindu deity Nandi's (sacred bull of lord Shiva) idol is being shared on social media with the claim that it was found while digging a mosque.

However, we found that the claim is misleading as the idol was discovered but not while digging a mosque, but during the reconstruction work at the Sellandiamman temple in Tamil Nadu's Namakkal district.


The claim along with the image reads: "हर मजार मस्जिद की यही सच्चाई है (Translated: This is the truth of every mosque.)

The image tweeted by user 'Rajiv Tuli' had garnered over 2,800 retweets and 10,000 likes at the time of writing the article.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>You can view the archived version <a href="">here</a>.</p></div>

You can view the archived version here.

(Source: Twitter/ Screenshot)

Several social media users shared the image on Facebook and Twitter with a similar claim and the archived version of the posts can be viewed here, here and here.


What We Found Out

On conducting a reverse image search along with relevant keywords, we came across a tweet shared from 4 September that carried the viral image and suggested that it is from a temple in Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>A tweet suggested that the photo is from a temple in Tamil Nadu.</p></div>

A tweet suggested that the photo is from a temple in Tamil Nadu.

(Source: Twitter/ Screenshot)

We then searched on Google with keywords 'Namakkal Nandi temple' that led us to an article by news outlet Puthiyathalaimurai published on 5 September.

As per the report, a Nandi idol was found during the reconstruction work at the Sellandiamman temple. "An ancient Nandi idol was found buried in the ground while digging a ditch in front of the temple to build a perimeter wall," the article noted.

Further, revenue officials have reportedly instructed the archaeologists to investigate how old the idol is.

One can see visuals similar to the viral image in a bulletin uploaded by the media outlet on their YouTube handle.

Another media outlet Dinamalar, too, carried a report that corroborated the aforementioned details.

Evidently, social media users falsely claimed that a Nandi statue was found while digging a mosque.

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Edited By :Tejas Harad
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