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Fact Check: Old Video Of A Durga Pandal In Kolkata Shared With Misleading Claims


A video of a huge crowd is doing rounds on social media claiming that it shows people in front of the lit-up Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

The video is being shared with the text, “First time yesterday night electric connection was given and tested at Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir. 175/33, Smuthuswamy Shiva Annamalai BJP #BJPTN #ADAMBAKKAM #velachery #PMOIndia #madaipakkam #BJP4Rajasthan #Modi

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

We extracted the keyframes of the video and put them through Reverse Image Search. The search led us to a similar video on Instagram which was shared on October 21, 2023, with the caption, “Durga puja at Kolkata #durgapuja2023 #kolkatadurgapuja #kolkataphotography #kolkatadurgapuja2023.”

Taking a cue from this, we ran another search and found multiple videos of this Durga pandal on YouTube. The video can be seen here, here and here.

The title of the video read, “Ram Mandir Pandal Kolkata | Santosh Mitra Square | Kolkata Durga Puja 2023 | 4K”

We also found video reports by Aaj Tak and NDTV from October 2023 stating that Amit Shah inaugurated Kolkata’s Ram Mandir-themed Durga Puja. The reports mentioned that the Durga Puja pandal was located at Santosh Mitra Square in Kolkata.

Thus, from the above fact check, it is clear that the video is of a Ram Mandir-themed Durga Puja Pandal in Kolkata and is being shared with false claims.

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