A post accompanying a video of a monkey ringing bells atop a flagstaff (Dwajasthambam) by swinging it is being widely shared across media platforms with a claim that video shows an incident that happens every day at Ayodhya Ram Mandir. Through this article let’s fact-check the veracity of the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of a monkey ringing bell at Ayodhya Ram Mandir.
Fact: The video of a monkey ringing the bells atop flagstaff (Dwajasthambam) actually shows Sri Bhoga Narasimha Swamy Temple, Devarayanadurga in Karnataka. Furthermore, there is no proper temple like structure at Ayodhya, and the proposed temple is still under construction. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
Google search with relevant keywords led us to a similar video on YouTube. However, as per the description, the video shows the Devarayanadurga temple in Karnataka.
Taking a cue from the YouTube video, a search on Google Maps with ‘Devarayanadurga temple Karnataka’ as a keyword yielded many photos of this temple shared by users. By juxtaposing screenshots of the video in the post and the above-mentioned YouTube video with images from Google Maps, we can spot many similarities. This proves that the video in the post indeed shows ‘Sri Bhoga Narasimha Swamy Temple, Devarayanadurga’ in Karnataka.
Further, there are few travelogue videos on YouTube that feature the Devarayanadurga temple in Karnataka. Even in these videos, we can see the same flagstaff (Dwajasthambam) and the same premises surrounding it similar to the one in the video in the post. A couple of such travelogue videos can be seen here and here.
Furthermore, there is no proper temple-like structure at Ayodhya, and the proposed temple is still under construction. Hence, all these pieces of evidence prove that the video in the post does not show Ayodhya Ram Mandir.
To sum it up, this video of a monkey ringing the bells actually shows Devarayanadurga temple in Karnataka and not Ayodhya Ram Mandir.