No, The Symbol on Tirumala Temple is NOT a Cross
In yet another controversy surrounding the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam, fake news claiming the temple lighting arrangements include the symbol of a ‘cross’, has been spreading vigorously on social media. Condemning this misinformation, TTD Additional Executive Officer Dharma Reddy said that a Hindu symbol from the lighting has been morphed to look like a cross, and the image is being circulated on social media with claims that Christian imagery is being displayed at the Tirumala temple. The symbol is actually a ‘Purnakumbam’ or ‘kalasam’; a metal pot holding coconut and mango leaves, often used in Hindu rituals. The morphed images are nothing but a tool being used to incite religious hatred and conflicts in the state.
Read the thread below on twitter.
Officials have been informed about the morphed images of Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam circulating on WhatsApp & other social media platforms. #FactCheck— FactCheck.AP.Gov.in (@FactCheckAPGov) December 28, 2020
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