Fact Check: Are these first pictures of under-construction Ram Temple in Ayodhya? Here's the truth

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A few pictures of an under-construction building is being shared on social media with a  claim that the picture is of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
“अयोध्या प्रभु श्री राम जी की मंदिर निर्माण का पहला तस्वीर है।” the post claim.
(Translation: First pictures of the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya)

Here’s the link to the above post.
More such posts can be seen here, here, here and here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.
We put the images through Reverse Image Search and found the same image in an article by India TV dated October 27, 2020.
According to the report, the image is of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, in Benaras, Uttar Pradesh.

The same image was also featured in an article by Hindustan Times dated October 30, 2020.

“The main complex of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple under construction (HT Photo)”, the picture was captioned.
We also found that the distance between Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi is approx 204 km.

According to a report by Dainik Bhaskar dated November 1, 2020, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been given responsibility for construction of the temple and Tata Construction Company is now entrusted with the responsibility of testing the work of L&T.
Hence, it is clear that the viral pictures on social media is not of Ayodhya Ram Mandir.

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