A Twitter user @moharajo shared the image with a caption that reads: “Drinking beer in the image is Thomas Rajan – a practicing Christian, Xtian TN Govt appointed him a priest in Hindu Mandir. This is how state ecosystem has started working to grab control over our temples.” Archived. The tweet has about 1k likes at the time of writing this article.
Another Twitter user @Indigen_Apsara shared the image with the caption that reads: “He is Thomas Rajan – Christian Govt in TN appointed priest in Hindu Temple” Archived. The tweet has about 750 likes at the time of writing this article.
Another Twitter user @4mSingh shared a screenshot from Facebook which has a caption that reads: “He is Thomas Rajan – Christian Govt in TN appointed priest in Hindu Temple” Archived. The tweet has about 1.1k likes at the time of writing this article.
A reverse image search of the first image directed us to a YouTube video by Pazhagalam Vaanga with the title Priest drinking beer dated 8 July 2017. The video can be seen below. (Tamil Language)
In the video, at 1:12 the man can be heard saying his name as Shankar.
Whereas the priests were appointed on 14 August 2021
தந்தை பெரியாரின் நெஞ்சில் தைத்திருந்த முள்ளை அகற்றும் கலைஞரின் கனவை நனவாக்கும்வண்ணம், அனைத்துச் சாதியினரும் அர்ச்சகராகலாம் என்ற அரசாணையின்கீழ் முறையாகப் பயிற்சிபெற்ற 24 அர்ச்சகர்களுக்கு மயிலை கபாலீசுவரர் கற்பகாம்பாள் திருமண மண்டபத்தில் நடந்த நிகழ்வில் பணிநியமன ஆணைகளை வழங்கினேன். pic.twitter.com/sjNW98rb2x
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) August 14, 2021
Two unrelated images are shared as a Christian priest at a Hindu temple insulting a Hindu god.