Did the Tamils carve the images of fertilization in the TN temple 6000 years ago? No!


The images of fertilization below are from Varamurtheeswarar temple at Ariyathurai, Tamilnadu. The temple is 6000 years old.

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“Six thousand years ago, Tamils carved a scene in a temple depicting the process of fertilization—male sperm piercing an embryo. Nowadays, though, a microscope is used to detect this”, according to the viral post, this amazing sculpture is in the Varamoortheeswarar temple in Chennai. You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

As we began researching the temple on Google, we found several blogs that contained comprehensive information about its background, significance, and facts.

According to the report, Arulmiku Varamoortheeswarar temple is located in the Ariyathurai area of ​​Gummidipoondi taluk of Thiruvallur district. Varamoortheeswarar Temple is one of the Pancha Brahma Sthalas and represents the Sadhyojatha (fire, bright, lightning) face of Lord Shiva.

This temple does not have Navagrahams. Instead, Sri Surya Bhagavan (Sun God) and Sri Chandra Bhagavan (Moon God) are seen on the pillars just outside the sanctum, facing the Lord.

It is said that the Navagraha shrine was built in the temple only 1000 years ago.

There are carvings of the images of snakes, lizards, frogs, and fish on the ceiling of the mandapam outside the sanctum, which indicates that this temple is meant to find remedies for Sarpa Dhosham or Naga Dhosham.

The sculpture of the moon being swallowed by the snake, the snake approaching the Shiva lingam, and the two fishes approaching the sculpture have been misrepresented as a scene of male sperm piercing the nucleus.

The Varamoortheeswarar temple features multicolored painted sculptures of snakes. As a result, images of the sculpture that are crystal clear can be found in photos.

All this above information confirms that the viral claim about the image purporting to show fertilization in the temple is false. There is no proof to confirm that the temple is 6000 years old.


Thus, we conclude that the viral claim stating the images of fertilization are seen in the Varamurtheeswarar temple at Ariyathurai, Tamilnadu is false and misleading. In reality, the image shows a snake swallowing a moon.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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