A screenshot of the document from the viral video. | Photo: Twitter
A screenshot of the document from the viral video. | Photo: Twitter
Text Size:

New Delhi: A fake video of a ‘Sanskrit letter’ kept inside a copper vessel, which is claimed to have been excavated from the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya, has gone viral on social media.

Political commentator Puspendra Kulshresth shared the short 28-second video on microblogging site Twitter Thursday. In his tweet, Kulshresth claimed that a copper vessel has been recovered from the Ram Janmabhoomi excavation site and contains a letter.

His tweet has received more than 2,000 retweets and 9,000 likes. Many other users have also shared the same video on Twitter as well as social media platform Facebook, with some calling it a “time capsule” with details of the “original temple”.

Some users have also claimed that the text on the document is in ‘Sanskrit’.

Fact-check

The original video doesn’t show a letter excavated from the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. The now-viral video was actually shared by an Instagram account with the handle name ‘Define Avcisi’ on 9 April.

We are deeply grateful to our readers & viewers for their time, trust and subscriptions.

Quality journalism is expensive and needs readers to pay for it. Your support will define our work and ThePrint’s future.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

The account is of a hobbyist, and posts pictures of a number of rare artefacts, coins, among others.

According to SM Hoax Slayer, the language on the artefact is not Sanskrit as claimed but “Hebrew”. A closer look at the symbols on the document in the video reveals that that they are Jewish and not Hindu, it said.

Further, the excavation at the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya started in May, a month after the original video was shared.

The site was part of decades-long dispute between the Hindu and the Muslim community. Last year, the Supreme Court delivered a unanimous verdict and said a trust should be set up by the central government within three months to help build the Ram temple at the site.

In collaboration with SM Hoax Slayer.


Also read: Ram Temple trust waits for PM nod to begin construction, but Covid pandemic causes delays


 

Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

News media is in a crisis & only you can fix it

You are reading this because you value good, intelligent and objective journalism. We thank you for your time and your trust.

You also know that the news media is facing an unprecedented crisis. It is likely that you are also hearing of the brutal layoffs and pay-cuts hitting the industry. There are many reasons why the media’s economics is broken. But a big one is that good people are not yet paying enough for good journalism.

We have a newsroom filled with talented young reporters. We also have the country’s most robust editing and fact-checking team, finest news photographers and video professionals. We are building India’s most ambitious and energetic news platform. And we aren’t even three yet.

At ThePrint, we invest in quality journalists. We pay them fairly and on time even in this difficult period. As you may have noticed, we do not flinch from spending whatever it takes to make sure our reporters reach where the story is. Our stellar coronavirus coverage is a good example. You can check some of it here.

This comes with a sizable cost. For us to continue bringing quality journalism, we need readers like you to pay for it. Because the advertising market is broken too.

If you think we deserve your support, do join us in this endeavour to strengthen fair, free, courageous, and questioning journalism, please click on the link below. Your support will define our journalism, and ThePrint’s future. It will take just a few seconds of your time.

Support Our Journalism

2 Comments Share Your Views

2 COMMENTS

  1. Looks like a Torah scroll to me. The fact that the cannister features embellishment in the form of a menorah and magen David would kinda make it obvious it’s a Jewish artifact.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here