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Image of the lightning arrester spreading as the Charitable Endowments department is earning through the cellphone tower at the Thirumohoor temple!

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Cellphone Tower at Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal Temple. Did they get ASI permission to place it on the 1400-year-old building? HRCE to earn rent in the temple hall where Nammazhvar sang.

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The image has gone viral with criticism on social media that the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments is setting up a cellphone tower at the 1400-year-old Thirumohoor temple and the question has been raised on permission from the Archaeological Survey of India to place the tower on the old temple hall.

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What is the truth?

While searching for the claimed photo of the Charitable Endowments Department setting up a cellphone tower at the Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal Temple near Melur in Madurai district, we could find photos of an iron tower in the temple dated 2019 and 2021 on the Google Map site.

Even in the daytime photo taken a few years ago, only the iron tower of the temple is featured. There is nothing including the equipment for the cellphone tower in it. Only the loudspeaker is seen.

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Madurai MP S. Venkatesan on the viral posts, “Cellphone tower at Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal temple. HRCE to earn rent in the temple where Nammazhvar sang – WhatsApp News shared.

This is not true. The lightning arrester was erected on behalf of the administration in 2014 for the protection of the tower”, he posted on Twitter.

In 2014, a contract was signed to construct a lightning arrester at the Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal temple for Rs. 3.99 lakhs and at its sub-temple Narasingaperumal Temple for Rs. 2.46 lakhs.

Conclusion

It was rumoured that the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department was earning money by setting up a cellphone tower at the Thirumohoor Kalamegaperumal temple. It is not a cellphone tower in the viral image but a lightning arrester.

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