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The man in the video is neither a Yogi nor was buried for 300 years in Tamil Nadu

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A video is being shared widely on social media with a claim that the man in the video is ‘a Yogi who went into Jeeva Samadhi 300 years ago at Valliyur in Tamil Nadu. He was found alive while digging the mud to renovate the Valliyur Temple. He was sitting in Yogasana, when he was found’. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Video of a Yogi who was found alive after being buried for 300 years in Tamil Nadu.

Fact: The man in the video is neither a Yogi nor was buried for 300 years in Tamil Nadu. His name is Alexander, a resident of Kazakhstan. He was suffering from a disease called ‘Psoriasis’. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When the screenshots of the video were run through Yandex Reverse Image Search, many articles with similar visuals were found in the search results. In the ‘Daily Mail’ article, it can be read that the man in the video is Alexander P, a resident of Aktobe city in Kazakhstan. In the article, it was found that the same video went viral previously with the claim that man in the video was attacked by a bear. Later, it was found that the man was not attacked by a bear but was suffering from a disease called ‘Psoriasis’.  

Talking to the ‘Daily Mail’, the doctor (who treated the man) said, ‘Someone filmed him as he was undergoing medical assessment and leaked this to YouTube. He suffers from psoriasis but in his case worsened by his failure to seek medical treatment.’ It was also reported by other media agencies that the man has ‘died from sepsis after psoriasis wounds got infected’. More information regarding the man can be found here, here and here.

To sum it up, the man is neither a yogi nor was buried for 300 years in Tamil Nadu.

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