A photo is shared on social media claiming it is a photo of the famous Virabhadreshwara temple which emerged during the demolition of a mosque in Raichur in Karnataka. Let’s check the assertion made in the message.
Claim: Photo of the Virabhadreshwara temple which emerged during the demolition of a mosque in Raichur, Karnataka.
Fact: In 2016, as part of a road widening project, Raichur district authorities demolished the Ek Minar Mosque in Raichur. The Hindu communities in Raichur then alleged that the pillars resulting from the demolition resembled the sculptural pillars built in Hindu temples. However, the then Raichur District Magistrate clarified that these allegations against Ek Minar Mosque in Raichur were baseless. The Virabhadreshwara or any other Hindu temple did not emerge during the demolition of the Ek Minar Mosque in Raichur. Therefore, the claim made in the message is MISLEADING.
On a reverse image search of the photo, it is found that the same photo with a similar claim has been circulating on social media at least since 2016. They can be seen here, here, and here. One of the users tweeted this photo claiming that a Hindu temple emerged during the demolition of ‘Ek Minar Masjid’ in Raichur, Karnataka. The photo of the mosque shared in the post matches a photo of the ‘Ek Minar Mosque posted on the ‘Trip Advisor website.
When we searched for more details about this religious site using these keywords, we discovered that the “Deccan Chronicle” had published a article reporting this allegation of a Hindu temple emerging during the demolition of the Ek Minar Mosque in Karnataka. According to the article, the Ek Minar Mosque in Raichur was demolished in 2016, as part of a road widening project. Some Hindu groups living in Raichur then claimed that the pillars resulting from the demolition resembled the magnificent sculptural pillars built in Hindu temples. Raichur Hindu groups have reportedly called on the Karnataka government to immediately investigate the history of the Ek Minar Mosque and clarify whether a temple was built on the site earlier. However, nowhere in the article is it confirmed that the pillars of Ek Minar Mosque belong to the Virabhadreshwara or any other Hindu temple. ‘The Hindu’ news agency also published an article in 2016, reports details of demolition of Ek Minar Mosque in Raichur.
For more details, the ‘Alt News’ has contacted the former district magistrate serving in Raichur when the road widening orders were passed in 2016. Speaking to ‘Alt News’, the former district magistrate said: “The information shared on social networks is false. When the demolition took place in Raichur, there were a few traditional buildings. Ek Minar, which is a very old structure, was one of the buildings that was demolished for the widening of the road. These ancient structures have a variety of carvings, and it cannot be concluded that it was originally a single-pillared temple. Some groups tried to make this claim, but when they were countered, they didn’t follow through with this claim.
To sum up, no Hindu temple emerged during the demolition of Ek Minar Mosque in Raichur.