The Truth Behind the Damaged Arch in Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
The Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in the tranquil Singarayakonda village of Prakasam district recently made it to the news in connection with the prevailing rumors about temple discretion in Andhra Pradesh. Except, the idols here were not vandalized. The historic temple built during the reign of Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire, has been under renovation from time to time. The idols on the welcoming arch, which was constructed 20 years ago, were damaged due to corrosion of iron rods. In fact, this was brought to the notice of the temple officials a few months ago and renovation was scheduled to take place during Brahmotsavam last year. Due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown, the annual festival was not held and the statues remained damaged. The Singarayakonda police have arrested 6 people, including representatives of media houses, for spreading false information on social media and mainstream media channels.
#FactCheck– The idols on the welcoming arch of Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Singarayakonda, Prakasam were damaged due to corrosion of iron rods & were not desecrated intentionally. This was brought to the notice of the temple officials a few months ago. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/M247x4dGKq— FactCheck.AP.Gov.in (@FactCheckAPGov) January 7, 2021