A viral video showing the excavation is staged and fake, though a Natraj idol was discovered in Sriperumbudur!

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Bhagwan Mahadev’s Nataraja idol was found in Sriperumbudur on Tuesday with Naag Devtas surrounding him. Murti was sent to the Archaeology department and the officials believed that this Murti was made of Panchaloha and more than 1000 years old.

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Explanation

The 25-second video depicts a JCB excavation. We can observe some digging being done by the large construction machinery, where a Natraj statue idol is being removed from the earth. This post is shared with a claim stating that “Bhagwan Mahadev’s Nataraja idol was found in Sriperumbudur on Tuesday with Naag Devtas surrounding him. Murti was sent to the Archaeology department and the officials believed that this Murti was made of Panchaloha and more than 1000 years old.”

What’s the truth?

Using pertinent Google search terms, we began our investigation and found a Puthiyathalaimurai TV YouTube video that provided details on the idols found during the excavation.

According to the video, a historic Nataraja idol was discovered in Sriperumbudur. The archaeology department was excavating the Siva Kulundeswarar Temple in Sivan Koodal village, which is close to Sriperumbudur. The temple is among the oldest In Tamil Nadu and was built more than a millennium ago. The laborers discovered a trident and an old Nataraja idol while excavating.

The idol was sent to the Archaeology department in Chennai, where officials estimated that it was over a millennium old and composed of panchaloha.

Additionally, we narrowed down our search and discovered another YouTube video that contains the viral screengrabs. The three-minute and twenty-three-second video, titled “250-year-old treasure found with the help of the machine – Cursed Treasure,” is posted on the KRB YT Vlog.

Upon close examination, it becomes evident that the Natraj statue unearthed in the YouTube video is not the same as the one that went viral. The news video shows a broken image and the viral video shows an unbroken one.

Moreover, the extended version of the viral video appears to be scripted.

All this information confirms that the viral video is fake and scripted while the news is true.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, the widely circulated video is fake and staged, even though a Nataraja idol was discovered in Sriperumbudur during excavation.

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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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