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Unrelated Images From Vietnam & Ajmer Dargah linked to Gyanvapi Mosque 

As news reports of an object resembling a Shivling being found at the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi spread online, several users took to social media platforms to share images claiming to show the object that was allegedly found in the mosque premises. 

One of the images that is being widely shared shows an excavation site with what appears to be a Shivling being unearthed.

Tweet on Gyanvapi mosque

The second image shows a fountain that many Facebook and Twitter users are identifying as the ‘Shivling’ that the Hindu parties are claiming to be the idol of Lord Shiva that was found in the well of the Wazukhana (ablution pond). 

Controversy Surrounding The Gyanvapi Mosque

As per the report of India Today, the Gyanvapi Mosque dispute started in 1991 when a petition was filed in the Varanasi court stating that Mughal emperor Aurangzeb built the mosque by demolishing a part of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in the 16th century. On the basis of the petition, some local priests sought permission to worship in the Gyanvapi Mosque area. Thereafter, the matter remained dormant for around 18 years but gained momentum after the judgment in the Babri masjid case in 2019. Recently, the Varanasi court ordered a video survey of the mosque premises. On May 16, during the survey, Hindu petitioners claimed that they found a Shivlinga inside the mosque, while the Mosque authorities have claimed that the object found is nothing more than a fountain.

Fact Check/Verification

First Viral Image

Upon a reverse image search of the viral image, we found some reports from May 2020 that carried the viral image. The reports revealed that the picture was clicked in Vietnam’s Cham temple complex, where an 1,100-year-old Shivling was found during excavation.

Newschecker also found similar reports  in Navbharat Times and Hindustan Times. The External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar also tweeted similar pictures of the Shivling and applauding the work of the Archaeological Survey of India.

Second Viral Image

On a reverse image search, Newschecker found the image on the website of Getty Images and Alamy, which revealed that the image showed the fountain at the ablution pool in Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Rajasthan, and was clicked in 2016.

Newschecker found that the image is being shared as a satire, in view of the Mosque authorities’ claim that the object found was not a Shivling but instead a fountain. The object that was found can be seen in this AajTak report, which is completely different from the image of the fountain seen in the viral image.

Conclusion

Both images are being falsely linked to the Gyanvapi mosque dispute. The first picture is from Vietnam and the second one is from Ajmer Dargah.

Result: False Context/False

Our Sources

Report of Navbharat Times, published on May 27, 2020
Tweet of S. Jaishankar of May 27, 2020
Getty Images


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Arjun Deodia
Arjun Deodia
An Electronics & Communication engineer by training, Arjun switched to journalism to follow his passion. After completing a diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the India Today Media Institute, he has been debunking mis/disinformation for over three years. His areas of interest are politics and social media. Before joining Newschecker, he was working with the India Today Fact Check team.
Arjun Deodia
Arjun Deodia
An Electronics & Communication engineer by training, Arjun switched to journalism to follow his passion. After completing a diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the India Today Media Institute, he has been debunking mis/disinformation for over three years. His areas of interest are politics and social media. Before joining Newschecker, he was working with the India Today Fact Check team.

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