2023 Kalasha procession in Noida is misrepresented as pilgrims carrying gifts from Nepal to Ayodhya

The video with a huge crowd of people carrying an object on their head is from Greater Noida taken during the Kalasha procession happened in July 2023. This video is unrelated to Ayodhya.

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Precious gifts, of gold silver, gems, dresses, perfumes, sweets, utensils, dry fruits grains, etc, to Prabhu Sri Ram are traditionally carried from Sri Sita’s birthplace, Janakpur, Nepal, on foot by Nepali Devout Hindus, as offering to Prabhu Sri Ram, at Sri Ayodhyaji.

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Explanation

Amidst the grand opening of the Ayodhya Ram temple on January 22, a 2:20-minute video is going viral on social media, claiming that “Precious gifts, of gold silver, gems, dresses, perfumes, sweets, utensils, dry fruits grains, etc, to Prabhu Sri Ram are traditionally carried from Sri Sita’s birthplace, Janakpur, Nepal, on foot by Nepali Devout Hindus from Nepal to Ayodhya.” The user added, “These are offerings to Prabhu Sri Ram at Ayodhya.” The video also shows a huge crowd of people marching with an urn-like object on their heads. You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

An analysis of the keyframes of the viral video through Google reverse image search revealed that the video has been circulating on social media since August 2023.

A further search revealed an article published by ETV Bharat media on July 09, 2023. The article also carried the viral video’s screengrab titled “Greater Noida: Kalash Yatra taken out before Pandit Dhirendra Krishna Shastri’s Bhagwat Katha.”

According to the article, “Bhagwat Katha will be organized by Pandit Dhirendra Krishna Shastri from July 10 to July 16 near Jaitpur village in Greater Noida. On Sunday, before Bhagwat, Kalash Yatra was taken out, in which thousands of women participated.”

Also, after investigating whether any items have been brought to Ayodhya from the Janakpur temple located in Nepal, it was learned through the news published by The Economic Times on January 7,  that 500 devotees had brought 3000 gifts from Nepal. But the video currently circulating on social media was not taken when it was brought from Nepal. It is noted that this was taken during the Kalasha procession held in Noida last July 2023.

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False information regarding Ayodhya has been circulated a lot lately. We have studied it and written about it in articles that are posted on our website.

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Conclusion:

In conclusion, the widely shared claims regarding the video depicting a large crowd marching towards Ayodhya in order to present gifts to Prabhu Sri Ram from Sita’s birthplace are untrue. The video is actually from the Kalasha procession that took place in Noida in July 2023.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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