Temple Discovered Upon Demolition of Mosque in Karnataka: Fact Check


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Temple Discovered Upon Demolition of Mosque in Karnataka

Story:

Temple discovered upon demolition of a mosque in Karnataka

Other Versions

1. In Karnataka’s Raichur, when a Mosque was demolished for widening a road, they found this Temple.

2. (Telugu)
కర్ణాటక రాయిచూర్ లో రోడ్ కోసం మసీదు పగలగొట్టారు అప్పుడు కనిపించిన దృశ్యం చుడండి
మన గుడి మీద మసీదు కట్టారు ఎంత దారుణం
దీన్ని ఏ మీడియా ఐన చూపించిందా…

Image about Temple Discovered Upon Demolition of Mosque in Karnataka

Fact Check:

Some messages circulating widely on social media purport to show an ancient Hindu temple discovered upon demolition of a Mosque in Raichur, Karnataka. It appears to show carving of a multi-faced Hindu goddess and in the background are some more deities. There are also a group of people who appear to visit the beautiful place, which seems to have unearthed during road widening process. No, the claims are not true – the picture is not real and a digital creation of an artist. Nonetheless, a related incident took place in Raichur earlier.

Not Picture of Temple Discovered Upon Demolition of Mosque

To check the authenticity of the story, we looked into the claims and the whereabouts of the picture. We in fact did not find the picture in any credible news outlets. Like the logo on the bottom right of the picture suggests, the picture is coming from Chandra Colourist, an artist. We found the person on Facebook and the post where he shared the picture. In comment section, when a user asked where the temple is, Chandra replied it is his Digital Creation. Note, one of the legs of the priest standing on steps is missing in visible clarity.

The original picture, in fact shows Longmen Grottoes scenic area in Luoyang, from Central China’s Henan Province. It is an ancient Buddhist cave art from the historical place, listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Original picture from Longmen Grottoes scenic area in Luoyang, China
Original picture from Longmen Grottoes scenic area in Luoyang, China
Image of Ancient Buddhist cave art in Luoyang, China
Ancient Buddhist cave art in Luoyang, China

Related, Actual Incident in Raichur

In April 2016, officials demolished several structures in Raichur area to enable road widening. A temple and two mosques were also partially demolished on either side of the road. In order to avoid resistance from locals, authorities carried the demolition in early hours of the day. However, local Muslims and businessmen protested the demolition. Later, some pro-Hindu groups contended that a temple may have existed on the site where the EK Minar Masjid stood. They pointed three pillars beneath the wall plaster of the mosque are in the style of Hindu temple construct. While some said it is Hindu styled Ek Minar Masjid, others said it is a Ramalingeshwara Temple.

Pro-Hindu groups also mentioned Minars throughout the world are constructed as a symbol of victory of Islam invasion over other religions by demolishing their religious structures. Shown below is a video news report of the road widening incident from Raichur, Karnataka.

Hindu outfits demanded the government must investigate to see whether a temple or mosque existed there first. On the other hand, to settle any communal disturbances, police and officials cleared the demolition area and restored peace.

Image of The Ek Minar Masjid in Raichur before demolition
The Ek Minar Masjid in Raichur before demolition

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax with some valid information.

References:

Structures, including places of worship, cleared for road widening in Raichur
Road works in Bengaluru: Temple pillars found?


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