Several users on social media shared pictures of the under-construction temple and claimed it as Ayodhya Ram Mandir. "This is the first picture of Lord Ram's temple construction at Ayodhya. Brothers, who feel happy seeing this picture, just say "Jai Shree Ram" once with a pure heart," read the caption

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The same images were shared widely on Facebook.

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Fact Check:

These viral pictures are from the construction site of Kashi Vishwanath Temple complex in Varanasi and not related to the construction of Ayodhya Ram Mandir.

A reverse image search of the viral image resulted in an article by Hindustan Times published on 30 Oct 2020. The article features the same viral image which captioned as, "The main complex of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple under construction."

Newsmeter also found a tweet by All India Radio featuring the same images posted on 27 Oct 2020. The tweet reads, "Under construction#KashiVishwanath Temple in Varanasi."

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Several other news portals including News Tree, Jagran, India TV have covered the construction of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple complex featuring the same viral images.

Newsmeter also checked the official Twitter handle of the trust, "Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra" which is overseeing the construction of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya. We found no such viral images on its timeline. There is only one tweet about moving carved stone pillars to the Mandir premises.

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Finally, it is evident from Media reports that the viral images are not related to the construction of Ayodhya Ram Mandir. Therefore claims made on social media are FALSE.

Claim Review :   Viral pictures of under-construction Ayodhya Ram Mandir
Claimed By :  Twitter Users
Fact Check :  False

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru completed his Masters in Communication from The University of Hyderabad. He has interned with The New Indian Express and Kriti Social Initiatives. With the specialization of media research in masters, he submitted his thesis on the topic of "Fact-checking Initiatives and their response to Fake News in India." He believes that fact-checkers have a huge role to play in the fight against fake news which is a dangerous undercurrent in social media reinforcing hatred and false perceptions. Along with fact-checking, he is also interested in writing about environmental issues and human interest stories.

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