A video of a procession in which people can be seen holding saffron flags and chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is doing rounds on social media. The post claims that the video shows devotees of Lord Ram reaching Ayodhya to declare India as a ‘Hindu nation’.
“हिंदू राष्ट्र घोषित करवाने के लिए सारे राम भक्त अयोध्या पहुंच चुके हैं| हर हिंदू का एक ही सपना हिंदू राष्ट्र हो भारत अपना जय जय श्री राम” the Facebook post read.
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.
We extracted keyframes of the video and ran a Reverse Image Search. The search directed us to the same video uploaded on YouTube in October 2019.
“श्री दुर्गामाता दौड – मिरज विभाग 🚩🚩🚩 Durga Mata Daud Miraj Vibhag,” the video was titled.
Another user uploaded the same video in October 2019 with a similar title. The video can be seen here.
We also noted that in one of the videos, the board of a shop called ‘Laxmi Sports’ is visible. Since in the YouTube video the location was mentioned as Miraj, we ran a keyword search based on this.
We found that the shop ‘New Shree Laxmi Sports‘ is located in Miraj, Sangli District, Maharashtra.
This proves that the video is indeed from Maharashtra.
‘Durga Mata Daud’, a marathon is conducted annually by an organisation called the Shri Shiv Prathisthan Hindusthan. According to a website All About Belgaum, ‘The run is part of the Navaratri celebrations in which people from all walks of life, including children and the aged, participate with the single objective of expressing solidarity with and inspiring the youth to lead a healthy life free from intoxication and other evils of society’.
Hence, from the above fact check, we gather that an old video from Maharashtra is being shared with a false and misleading claim.
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