An image of several people standing around an excavated site with three idols has been viral on Facebook. The claim is that in Ayodhya during an excavation, idols of Ram, Lakshman and Sita were found.
The post contained a caption along with the image that said, “Ayodhya Mein Khudai karte samay Ram Lakshman Janki Jay bolo Hanuman ki Murti pagae jai shree ram”. This translatesto, ” While excavating in Ayodhya, the idols of Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita were found. Jai Shri Ram”.
A Facebook profile named Raja Singh posted this image with the caption on May 29, 2020 and received around 7.5 thousand likes and around 670 shares.
Another Facebook profile named ‘Tiger Raja Singh Fan Club’ also posted the image and captioned with a similar narrative. This post garnered 400 shares and around 5 Thousand likes.
The claim is False. The idols are of Ram, Lakshman and Sita but it was not excavated in Ayodhya but was found in Jilinga village in Jharkhand. This is not a recent happening as media websites have reported the news in January 2019 containing the same image as the viral post.
In a news website called Lok Alok an article was written titled, “झारखंड के खूंटी जिले के जिलिंगा गाँव मे प्रकट हुए रामलला|” Which translates to An idol of Lord Ram was found in the Jilinga village of Kunti district in Jharkhand”.
Another news report from The Analyst which was uploaded on January 5 2019 was titled, “झारखंड में खुदाई में मिलीं भगवान राम सीता की प्राचीन मूर्तियाँ|” When translated, “In an excavation, old statutes of Lord Ram and Sita were found in Jharkhand”
Thus, it can be proved that the claims were false and not from Ayodhya but from Jharkhand.