Fact Check: These pictures of saffron painted buildings are not from Ayodhya

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Ever since word spread about the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ram Temple at Ayodhya, pictures depicting wall graffiti of Hindu gods have been doing rounds on social media with claiming that these are from Ayodhya.
“अयोध्या तैयार, पुरे अयोध्या शहर को भगवा रंगो से सजा दिया!!!🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 बोलो जोर से जय श्री राम 🚩🚩🚩🙏🏻🙏🏻 जय श्री , ” the caption read.
(Translation: Ayodhya is ready. Entire Ayodhya has been painted in saffron, say Jai Shri  Ram)

More such posts can be found here, here and here.


NewsMobile fact checked the posts and found them to be misleading.
We individually checked all the pictures and found the graffiti picture in an article published by Deccan Herald dated July 15, 2020. 

ANI UP also posted some of the pictures on their verified Twitter handle on July 13, 2020, stating that the pictures are from Prayagraj. The tweet also stated that two complaints were registered for allegedly painting houses on a street in saffron colour without the owner’s consent.

NDTV and ABP news also cover the incident.
As for the last image, we found it in an article by Economic Times dated December 20, 2018.
“The mega holy event that is slated to run from January 15 to March 4, 2019. In pic: Artists paint pillars of the Shastri bridge over the river Ganges as part of the ongoing ‘Paint My City’ project in Allahabad, ” picture caption read.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the pictures are from Prayagraj and not Ayodhya. So the claim attached with the pictures is false.

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