Hyderabad: An image of a large statue of Lord Venkateshwara is viral on social media. Social media users claim that it was unearthed during a granite excavation.
The post claims that this is the biggest statute and forwarding this picture to others within 15 minutes will bring good news.
A YouTube video titled "VISHNU, PERUMAL STATUE, 350 TONE STATUE, BIGGEST GOD STATUE IN WORLD" also makes a similar claim.
This viral news is false.
This statue, weighing about 300 tonnes, was actually carved out of a monolithic rock in Korakkottai village in Vandavasi taluk of Tamil Nadu in 2019. This was then transported to Bengaluru via road. This carving was intentional and was not inherently found during granite excavation.
A further Reverse Image Search led to reports confirming the same. Business Standard article talks about this statue reaching Bengaluru and its installation.
A YouTube video titled "Vishnu statue in Tamilnadu and Karnataka border moments'' show snippets of this statue being transported to its destination which is the outskirts of Bengaluru.
Lastly, this was also reported on Twitter in 2019. The user attached a picture of the statue and reported that the semi-carved statue has reached Krishnagiri.
Further, the biggest Lord Venkateshwara statue is currently a 122 ft tall statue in Indonesia.
This article talks about the biggest Vishnu statue i.e the Garuda Wisnu Kencana being located in a Muslim-dominated Indonesia. This statue is located in Bali and took a whopping 28 years to build.
It is clear from all these reports that this statue is a carved statue and is not found during granite excavation. Hence, this news is false.