Fact-check: unrelated video shared as centuries-old manuscript unearthed by Ram Janmabhoomi


Construction of the Ram Temple is in full swing in Ayodhya and on June 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reviewed a detailed plan, presented by CM Yogi Adityanath, to promote the temple city as a global religious tourism site.

Meanwhile, controversies have also erupted over Ayodhya. land transactions.

More recently, a video, allegedly a centuries-old manuscript, is shared on social media with the claim that it was discovered during the Ram Janmabhoomi excavations where construction is underway.

The claim further states that it proves that the site historically belonged to the temple. Some social media users have also claimed that the script is in Sanskrit. The Hindi caption for one of these videos roughly translates to: “Copper foil found during excavations at Ram Janmabhoomi site – even after 488 years, the evidence is in our favor.”

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The archived version of the message can be viewed here.

India Today Anti-Fake News War Room (AFWA) found the claim as well as the video to be misleading. The script of the alleged manuscript in question is in Hebrew. In addition, no such manuscript has been excavated at the Ram temple site.

AFWA probe

With the help of the Invid tool and appropriate keywords, we found a higher quality version of the same video uploaded to an Instagram page “define.avcilari” on April 10, 2020.

The page did not provide any details about the video. But he posted a lot of similar videos. The page also contains images of several old-looking coins and ornaments.

According to the page’s biography in Turkish, these images and videos are from several social media platforms as part of a hobby.

We also found the same video disseminated by several social media users like a 1,500-year-old Persian Haggadah, recently rediscovered in Iran.

Upon closely observing a clearer version of the video uploaded by “define.avcilari”, we noticed symbols of Jewish origin on the ship and paper seen in the video.

For example, the first symbol we see when opening the page is the Jewish symbol of light, ‘Menorah’ and the symbol of the old Hebrew Tribe of Judah, Lion.

“Menorah” as well as ‘Hamsa’ , a palm-shaped symbol symbolizing the ‘hand of God’, are also visible on the ship featured in the video.

Drawing inspiration from this, we reached out to a few Hebrew language experts who confirmed to us that the text seen on the paper in the video is in Hebrew and not in the Indian language.

Hebrew language experts from Oxford Interfaith Forum also confirmed to us that the text seen in the video is in Hebrew.

Looking at the style of the text and the Hebrew vowel system seen in the text which was not created until the second half of the first millennium AD, experts have also noted that the manuscript may be artificial and not an ancient Hebrew scroll. .

Thapan Dubayehudi, a Hebrew language expert from the Jewish community, also confirmed to us that the text is in Hebrew. “The text seen in the manuscript is in Hebrew. Although it looks like a Hebrew parchment, we cannot be sure of its age and authenticity. “

Excavations at the Ayodhya site

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) carried out its first excavations at the Ayodhya site between 1976 and 1977. The second series of excavations took place in 2003.

While pillars, lingams of Shiva and several artifacts in the form of terracotta sculptures have been found during the excavation, there is no mention of the discovery of a manuscript proving the existence of the Ram temple.

Video of sculptures uncovered during Ram Janmabhoomi excavation can be seen here.

In 2020, remains of ancient temples, pillars, idols of deities and a Shivlinga were also spotted at the site of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple during the leveling of Earth for the construction of the proposed Ram temple. However, this ground leveling did not begin until May 11, 2020, when the video in question began to circulate on the internet at least a month before the ground leveling.

The same video was also circulated with similar allegations in June 2020. The Print, in association with SM Hoax Slayer had verified by the facts demand last year.

Therefore, it is clear that the video in question is unrelated to Ram Janmabhoomi and that the claim is misleading.

ClaimThe video shows a centuries-old manuscript found during the excavation of Ram Janmabhoomi. This writing proves that a temple historically existed on the site. ConclusionThe script of the alleged manuscript seen in the videos is in Hebrew. No such manuscript was found on Ram Janmabhoomi’s site.


The number of crows determines the intensity of the lie.

  • 1 crow: half true
  • 2 crows: mostly lies
  • 3 crows: Absolutely false


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