Hyderabad: A picture of a huge bell with the words 'Jai Sri Ram' is viral on social media. Netizens claim that it is made of 8 metals and it is for Ram Mandir.
"Ram Mandir bell is almost ready; single cast piece, easily the largest,6'X5', weighing 2,100kg made of Ashtadhatu, a combination of eight metals -- gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, tin, iron and mercury. This can be heard up to 15Km.#[email protected] https://t.co/8F3LSjbrIV", reads the message
Newsmeter received requests to fact check this
FACT CHECK: This claim is false. Newsmeter performed a reverse image search and found an article with the same viral picture. The caption of the picture reads, "600 kg bell going from Tamil Nadu to Ayodhya Ram Temple".
Based on this, we performed a keyword search about the bell for the Ram Mandir. While it is true that eight metal bell weighing 2100 kgs is being built, this picture doesn't show that.
Upon translation of the text written in the viral picture, it states that the bell was built in a place called Ramakrishan Nadar Pottery Shop in Eral (Tamil Nadu) and it weighs 600kgs and is for the Ayodhya Ram temple.
We also found the shop's contact in 'Justdial', whose details also show the image of the large bronze bell as seen in the viral video.
The largest bell for the Ram temple at Ayodhya, according to The Times of India weighs 2,100 kg. It is being made at Jalesar town in the Etah district of Uttar Pradesh.
Therefore, the claim is false. The bell seen in the viral image is NOT the same bell that is being built for Ayodhya Temple.