Fact Check: Picture Of Shivling In Odisha Falsely Linked With Gyanvyapi Mosque

In the backdrop of Gyanvapi Masjid row, an image of a Shivling is widely being shared on social media with a claim that it shows the ‘Shivling’ found in Gyanvyapi masjid.
The caption with picture in Telugu reads, “ఇప్పుడే అందిన వార్త *జ్ఞ్యానవ్యాపి మసీదు* సర్వేలో *12 అడుగుల ఎనిమిది అంగుళాల* ఎత్తు ఉన్న *శివ లింగము* దొరికినది. ఈ జ్యోతిర్లింగమును,దాని పరిసరములను సీలు వేసి,భద్రత పెంచాలని *వారణాసి కోర్టు* ఆదేశించింది. *సి ఆర్ పి ఎఫ్ భద్రత* దళాలను మోహరించాలని కోర్టు తక్షణమే ఆదేశాలను జారీ చేశారు. *నమః శివాయ.* లభ్యమైన కాశీ విశ్వేశ్వరుని అసలైన శివలింగం ఫలించిన గ్యాన్‌వాపి ఎదుట తన పాలకుడి కోసం ఎదురుచూస్తున్న నందీశ్వరుడి 350 యేళ్ళ నిరీక్షణ గ్యాన్‌వాపిలో అసలైన శివలింగం కనిపించగానే అలౌకిక ఆనందంతో, ఆనంద భాష్పాలతో, చిందులేసిన సర్వేబృందం జ్ఞాన వాపి లో లభ్యమైన శివలింగం వెడల్పు 12.8 అడుగులు. భద్రత మరింత పెంచాలని కోర్టు ఆదేశం #విజయతేశ్రీకాశీవిశ్వనాథ #harharmahadev”
(English translation: “Breaking news just in In the survey of *Gyanavapi Masjid*, 12 feet eight inches tall *Shiva
Lingam* was found. Varanasi court ordered to seal this Jyotirlingam and its surroundings and increase security. *CRPF security* Court immediately orders deployment of forces. *Salutations to Lord Shiva. * Kasi Visweshwara’s original Shiva Lingam available Nandeeswara’s 350 year wait waiting for his ruler in front of the Gyanwapi which has resulted As soon as the real Sivalinga is seen in Gyanwapi The whole team sprinkled with supernatural happiness, with happy waves The width of the Shiva Lingam available in Gnanavapi is 12.8 feet. Court orders to increase security #VijayatesriKasiVishwanatha #harharmahadev.”)
The link to the post can be seen here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be misleading.

On doing a Google Reverse Image Search of the image, we found the same image was uploaded by a website, Odikala.

The article associated with the image stated that the image is of one of the largest Shiva Lingam in the world situated in Baba Bhusandeswar Temple, in Bhogarai village of Balasore district, Odisha.

The article read, “the 12 feet long and 14 feet width lingam is carved out on a black granite and only half of the lingam is visible. The other half has remained buried for years. The diameter of the lingam is 12 feet and has three parts. The middle portion of the lingam is octagonal in shape, about 12 feet in diameter and nearly four feet in height. The Lingam slightly leans towards the right side.”

The same image was also uploaded by Wikimedia with the title, “File: Baba Bhusandeswar Lingam (Asia’s Largest Lingam) by MONJIT PAUL.”

Hence, we can ascertain that the image in question is of the Shivling in Odisha and not of Gyanvyapi masjid.

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