3 KM away !! All the destruction and communal disharmony only to build it 3 KM away?!
The 22nd of January marks the grand consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. It’s a momentous occasion that goes beyond faith and opens a new chapter in India’s spiritual and cultural history.
In this case, several X posts circulated on social media claiming that, “Ram Mandir being built 3 KM away from demolished Mosque.” Further criticizing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), some users questioned why the Masjid was destroyed if the temple’s construction was not intended to take place on the contentious site. You can view related X posts with similar claims here, here, here, and here.
Check out this Google map showing the two distinct sites of where the Babri Masjid once stood and where the Ram Temple has been constructed. Ruins of babri Mosque still there. Ram Mandir being built 3 KM away from demolished Mosque. pic.twitter.com/5HRWDiaPCU
— mahesh singh (@maheshs97394123) January 14, 2024
What’s the truth?
When searching the Google map locations of the mentioned places, we found that the location labeled as “Babar Masjid” in the widely shared screenshot is, in fact, the Sita-Ram Birla Temple. This is based on the Google Maps satellite image showing the Birla Temple’s real structure. This clarifies that the location identified as Babri Masjid in the widely shared tweet is actually Birla Mandir (Sita-Ram Temple) in Ayodhya.
We have also attached the comparison image for the reader’s reference below.
Additionally, we looked up the Ram temple on Google Maps, which displayed the temple’s construction. The coordinates for the location were ’26°47’44″N 82°11’39″E’. The exact coordinates is used to denote Babri Masjid in an article on ‘Wikimapia‘ website that was updated 11 years back.
All of this data makes it clear that the viral claims are untrue. On the same plot of land where the mosque was demolished, the Ram Temple is constructed now. The location of Sita-Ram Birla Temple is marked incorrectly as Babri Masjid.
Thus, we conclude that the viral claim stating that the Ram temple is built 3 km away from the demolished mosque is false. In reality, the temple is built in the same place.