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Video of Monkeys Ringing A Bell Is Not From Ayodhya Ram Temple

Authors

Sabloo Thomas has worked as a special correspondent with the Deccan Chronicle from 2011 to December 2019. Post-Deccan Chronicle, he freelanced for various websites and worked in the capacity of a translator as well (English to Malayalam and Malayalam to English). He’s also worked with the New Indian Express as a reporter, senior reporter, and principal correspondent. He joined Express in 2001.

Claim

A video is going viral with the claim that monkeys are ringing a bell after Pran Prathishta at Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Newschecker received the claim on our WhatsApp tipline (+91 9999499044) to be fact-checked.

A screengrab of the fact check request received on our WhatsApp tipline
A screengrab of the fact check request received on our WhatsApp tipline

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Fact

A reverse image search on the keyframes of the viral video led us to a video shared by one user named Param Shanti on July 9,2017 on YouTube. The description of the YouTube video says monkeys ring bells at Hanuman Temple in Himachal Pradesh Village.

Screen grab of YouTube video by Param Shanti
Screen grab of YouTube video by Param Shanti

We also found a report published by Connect Gujarat on July 10, 2017 along with the same video. The article says a mobile video of a group of monkeys taking turns ringing the temple bell while aarti is being performed inside the temple has gone viral on social media.As per this report, the video was shot by one of the temple priests.

Screen grab of Connect Gujarat's report
Screen grab of Connect Gujarat’s report

According to the report published in Dailymail on May 10,2018 the video is from a Hanuman temple in Himachal Pradesh.

Screen grab of Report by Daily Mail
Screen grab of Report by Daily Mail

Thus, it is clear that this is not a recent incident and it is not linked to Ayodhya Ram temple consecration. It is an old video which has been circulated online since 2017.

Result: False

Sources
YouTube video by Param Shanti on July 9,2017
Report by Dailymail on May 10,2018
Report by Connect Gujarat in July 10, 2017


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Authors

Sabloo Thomas has worked as a special correspondent with the Deccan Chronicle from 2011 to December 2019. Post-Deccan Chronicle, he freelanced for various websites and worked in the capacity of a translator as well (English to Malayalam and Malayalam to English). He’s also worked with the New Indian Express as a reporter, senior reporter, and principal correspondent. He joined Express in 2001.

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