Fact Check: No, Archaeologists Have NOT Found 6000-Year-Old Shiva Linga in South Africa

A picture is being shared on social media with a claim that archaeologists have found a 6000-year-old Shiva Linga in Sudwara cave in South Africa.

The message with the picture reads, “6000 YEARS OLD SHIVA LINGA FOUND IN SOUTH AFRICA! SPIRITUALITY DECODED Archeologists have found 6000 year old Shivalinga in a cave named Sudwara in South Africa and it is made of hard granite stone. The archeologists are amazed that how the Shivalinga survived in this condition there for so long!. The discovery of a Shivalinga in South Africa is the proof that 6000 years ago people used to worship him!.”

A Facebook user shared the post and wrote, “6000 years old SHIVA LINGA.”

Here’s the link to the above post.

We found the same post on Twitter as well.

Here’s the link to the above Twitter post.

Fact Check

NewsMobile checked the claim and found it to be false.

Firstly, we searched for the place – Sudwara cave – and found out that there are ‘Sudwala’ Caves in South Africa and not ‘Sudwara’.

Then we ran a reverse image search on the left picture in the post and found out that it is related to the Sudwala Caves. A similar image of Sudwala Caves can be seen on ‘Getty Images’ website with a caption, “South Africa, Mpumalanga, Nelspruit, Sudwala cave interior – stock photo”.

We found the same Getty image in an article by Tripsavvy. 

We then looked for news regarding the discovery of a 6000-year-old Shiva Linga by archaeologists in the Sudwala Caves but couldn’t find any credible reports.

Also, the exact details of the statue in the posted photo (on the right side) were not found.

Hence, we can say that that the claim in the post in question is false.

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