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Video Of Pidakala War From Kairuppala Village of Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, Circulated With Communal Claims: Fact-Check 

An old mosque in Kairupula village, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, is allegedly being stoned by BJP supporters, according to a video that has gone viral and shows a large crowd hurling objects at one another.

Verified accounts on twitter, including @PaulAlter7 claimed the same in a twitter post that BJP supporters are pelting stones at an old mosque in Kairupula village of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. The tweet was made on April 27, 2024.

Several other accounts, including @Kavita_Amethi, @ma427906099, @RajaHin48046243 made the same claim that near the Kairupula village of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, the BJP supporters were pelting stones at an old mosque. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

The truth is that these assertions are unfounded and fraudulent. In this video, people in the Pidakala war are actually being shown. An annual cow dung conflict known as the Pidakala War (also called the Pidakala Samaram) takes place in the Andhra Pradesh in Kairuppala, in the Kurnool district. It takes place the day following the Ugadi celebration, which in Hindu calendar terms and marks a new year. It is unrelated to the attacks on mosques and BJP workers. We visited Hans India, which published an article on this incident on March 24, 2023 with the headline “Cow dung fight fest denotes social harmony”. Kurnool is known for an bizarre ritual, Pidakala Samaram (dung cake fighting), which takes place on the next day of the auspiciousvery lucky Ugadi. Residents of Kairuppala village, Aspari mandal, Alur constituency, would celebrate Peda Nuggula Aata (Pidakala Samaram). Every year, the Pidakala Samaram is celebrated on the day following the Ugadi festival. In a similar manner, ‘Gadidala Pradakshina’ was also celebrated at Chowdeshwari temple in Kallur. In the Gadidala Pradakshina, donkeys hitched to carts made around to the temple in the three feet deep slush. This unique event is also celebrated on the very next day of the Ugadi. manaadoni uploaded the full video on Instagram in a post.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Fake propaganda accounts are circulating false claims to set their propaganda to influence elections. A video that shows a massive crowd throwing substances at each other has been shared, claiming that BJP supporters are pelting stones at an old mosque in Kairupula village of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. These assertions are unfounded and fraudulent, that much is true. Images from the Pidakala war are shown in this video. Held annually in the Andhra Pradesh village of Kairuppala, in the Kurnool district, is the Pidakala War, also called the Pidakala Samaram, a combat involving cow dung. The Hindu calendar commemorates the new year on the day following the Ugadi celebration. Mosque being attacked and BJP workers are unrelated to this.

Conclusion:

Fact : The fact is that these claims are fake and baseless. This video shows people involved in Pidakala war. The Pidakala War (also known as the Pidakala Samaram) is an annual cow dung fight held in the village of Kairuppala in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is held on the day after the Ugadi festival, which marks the new year under the Hindu calendar. It has nothing to do with BJP workers and Mosques being attacked.

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