Hyderabad: A picture of a semi constructed temple is viral on social media. Users claim that it is a 5000-year-old temple that was found during a road widening exercise in Ayodhya.

"This is told to be 5,000 years old temple discovered while road widening in Ayodhya - 'The Ram Janma Bhoomi'. Locals had built a house upon this beautiful temple which 'Covered' the temple all this while. Sources say many more temples will be uncovered in coming days (sic)," reads the claim

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The claim that this image represents a 5,000-year-old temple that was found during a road widening exercise in Ayodhya is false. It is from the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor Project site in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a tweet that carried the same image. However, in the comments, it was mentioned that this image is from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

Using this information, we performed a keyword search and found a similar image in a report by Amar Ujala from January 2020. It states that this picture is from the construction site of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor Project in Varanasi.

Below is a picture comparison of the images. In both these images we can notice two structures and the same background.

Evidently, it is clear that the claim is false and that the temple is from Varanasi, not Ayodhya.

Claim Review :   Temple in viral image is from Ayodhya
Claimed By :  Social Media User
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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