Hyderabad: A Twitter user, @RenukaJain6, posted a video allegedly of a procession taken out by Indians in Spain to support the construction of the Ram mandir.
The Hindi tweet translated to, “Every house will be coloured saffron and Ram will come again. A small procession was taken out by Indians in Spain in support of the construction of the Ram mandir.”
*🚩 हर घर भगवा छायेगा – फिर से राम राज्य आयेगा…*
स्पेन मे राम मंदिर के निमार्ण के समर्थन पर हिन्दुस्तानी लोगो द्धारा निकाला गया ढोल – नगाडे के साथ एक छोटा सा जुलूस…
*🚩 जय श्रीराम – भारत माता की जय 🇮🇳* pic.twitter.com/3lHUN0pMAE
— #RenukaJain (@RenukaJain6) July 27, 2020
The same video was posted on Facebook with the same claim.
NewsMeter has verified that the video does not show Indians celebrating the construction of the Ram mandir in Spain and the claims are FALSE.
We extracted keyframes from the video using InVid verification tool. A reverse image search of one of the keyframes led to several posts with titles like “Dhol Tasha on the streets of Spain” and “Swargandhar’s International Tour to Spain”.
We then used the keywords “Dhol Tasha”, “Spain”, and “Swargandhar” to search for YouTube. We found that the same video had been posted by a YouTube channel, Swargandhar Dhol Tasha Pathak. The video was taken during Swargandhar troupe’s tour of Spain in 2018.
Dhol Tasha Pathak is a well-known form of celebration from Maharashtra. They use traditional Maratha musical instruments and human formations to attract crowds during celebrations. These groups usually perform during occasions like Gudi Padwa, Navratri, and Ganesh Chaturthi. Swargandhar is one such female troupe from Maharashtra.
Therefore, the video that is circulating on social media claiming to show Indians celebrating the construction of the Ram Mandir is an old video from 2018. Hence, the claim is FALSE.