Christian Symbol in Place of Kalash in AP Emblem: Fact Check

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Christian Symbol in Place of Kalash in AP Emblem


Christian Symbol Holy Water Pot takes the Place of Kalash in New Official Emblem of AP-Andhra Pradesh..

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Fact Check:

A picture message doing rounds online purports to show a Christian Symbol in Place of Kalash in the new official Emblem of AP Andhra Pradesh State, India. It claims to show the Hindu symbol Poorna Kumbam (Kalasha) is replaced with Holy Water Pot used in Christian Churches. No, the claims are not true and explained here.

Not the Christian Symbol in AP Emblem

Holy water font or Stoup is a vessel holding the holy water of Christian faith. It is usually placed near the main door of the Church. Holy water pot is used to sprinkle it on believers. There are different kinds of holy water pots and stoups, some of which may slightly resemble like the Hindu religious symbol of Poorna kumbam or Kalasha. However, what you see in the new official Emblem of AP State is not any Christian symbol.

Official State Emblem of Andhra Pradesh

After bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014 separating Telangana, AP government finalized its new emblem for official use in mid-November 2018. Notably, the change took place when N. Chandrababu Naidu was the Chief Minister of AP, before Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy took the position in May 2019. Instead of creating a new one, they made some changes to the old Emblem.

They changed the symbol in centre and some styles of ‘Andhra Pradesh’ name written in Telugu, Hindi and English. The new Emblem also had Satyamev Jayate (Truth alone wins) written in Telugu. The issue of new State Emblem of AP came in three colors – multi-color, Blue and Black & White.

Inspired by Amaravati School of Art

The new AP State Emblem was in fact inspired by the Amaravati School of Art. It consists of ‘Dhamma Chakka,’ meaning the Wheel of Law, embellished with a ring of tri-ratnas alternating with pinnate leaves and precious stones. At the hub of Dhamma Chakka is Poorna Gataka (vase of plenty); slightly different from old Poorna Kumbam. Poorna Gataka is decorated with a four banded garland on the main body with medallions and tassels. There’s also a braid around its thin neck and a flaring mouth. To some viewers, this may have appeared like holy water font or pot.

So, a Christian symbol did not take the place of Kalash in new State Emblem of AP, Andhra Pradesh. The messages claiming so are just hoaxes.

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Prashanth Damarla