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A picture is being shared with the claim that this statue of Nandi is part of the Kashi Vishwanath temple where the mosque now stands.

Ayupp Fact Check

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News Claim: Amidst the controversy surrounding the Gyanvapi Masjid survey in Banaras, Uttar Pradesh, there has been a flood of pictures of shrines on the Internet. This collage of two scenes is also in public view, in which on one side there is a statue of Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva, while on the other hand Gyanvapi Masjid is shown. This picture is being shared with the claim that this statue of Nandi is part of the Kashi Vishwanath temple where the mosque now stands.Many people shared the collage on Facebook and Twitter

News Verification:  Ayupp news has found that the Nandi statue in the viral post was not from the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. It was from the Kashi Vishweshar temple in Wai, Maharashtra.

To find out the authenticity of this post, a reverse image search of Nandi's statue was done, in which it was found that it was of Kashi Vishweshwar temple in Wai, Maharashtra. The stock of this picture was found on the photography agency Alamy. According to that website, this picture was taken on May 28, 2012. Its caption states that the idol of bull (Nandi) belongs to Kashi Vishweshwar temple in Wai in Satara district of Maharashtra.Another stock photography website Shutterstock also had a picture of this statue, taken on August 1, 2011. Shutterstock has also written that this picture is of Kashi Vishweshwar temple in Maharashtra.

News Verdict: The Nandi statue in the viral post is not from the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. It is from the Kashi Vishweshar temple in Wai, Maharashtra.



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