25,000 havan kunds in Varanasi is falsely shared as from Ayodhya Ram Mandir

The "havan kunds" in the viral video were set up for the December 18, 2023, inauguration of the Swarved Mahamandir.

Claim

Havan will be performed from these 25000 thousand ponds. Inauguration of “Ram Mandir”  … Jai Shri Ram

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Explanation

The Ram Mandir Trust is inviting more than thousands of people to Ayodhya for the momentous consecration ceremony, and the excitement is high all across the country. The newly built Ram temple will be officially opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is anticipated to be present at the event. The world will be watching this historic event, which is set for January 22.

In this case, the 22-second viral video shows many havans, all set on huge open ground. We can hear a song in the background and a person’s hand pointing and filming this with a camera. This post is shared with a claim in Hindi, which is translated as “These 25,000 ‘Havan Kunds’ will be used for the inauguration ceremony in Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir”. You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

After conducting a reverse image search on the keyframes of the viral video, YouTurn discovered a YouTube channel, namely the Arun village boy vlog” that featured the viral video on December 17, 2023. The description box says that the video originated from the Swarveda Mahamandir Dham in Varanasi. The video also carries the infographic information of “25000 havan kunds” across it.

When we intensified our search, we found another video on the YouTube channel namely “India Tour Masti” that had the same visuals from the Swarved Mahamandir inauguration ceremony, uploaded on 21, December 2023. This shows the same flags with similar logos from the viral video.

We have attached a comparison image for the reader’s reference

We also came across a PIB report that mentioned PM Narendra Modi’s attendance and remarks at the Swarved Mahamandir inauguration. It also talks about the 25,000 “Havan Kunds” that happened there.

Additionally, we discovered the event’s live video, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be seen addressing the crowd.

The aforementioned details verify that the widely shared video does not depict the setup for the opening of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Also Read: Temporary sanitation arrangement in Varanasi temple is falsely shared as open toilets in Ayodhya Ram temple.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the viral claim stating that 25000 havan kunds are ready for the inauguration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is false. In reality, it’s showing the inauguration of Swarveda Mahamandir Dham in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, happened on 18, December 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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