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No, UAE's 'Al Zahaa' Isn't Manufacturing Aravana Prasadam For Sabarimala Temple

Both Al Zahaa Sweets LLC and the Travancore Devaswom Board have said that it's a false claim.

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No, UAE's 'Al Zahaa' Isn't Manufacturing Aravana Prasadam For Sabarimala Temple
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An image of 'Aravana Prasadam' that is offered at Kerala's Sabarimala temple is being shared on social media with the claim that it has been rebranded and the new packaging shows 'Al Zahaa Sweets LLC' on it.

Some users have also claimed that the 'Kerala Devaswom Board' has issued a tender to the said company.

However, both Al Zahaa Sweets LLC and the Travancore Devaswom Board have said that it's a false claim with the former, a UAE-based firm, mentioning that they sell their product 'Aravana Payasam' in UAE market only.

CLAIM

The claim along with the image reads: "Aravanapayasam the main prasadan of Sabrimala, is not only now Islamic but halal too, with an Arabic name. (sic)"

<div class="paragraphs"><p>You can view the archived version <a href="https://archive.md/BZeDd">here</a>.</p></div>

You can view the archived version here.

(Source: Twitter/ Screenshot)

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Several social media users including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Gaurav Goel shared the image on Facebook and Twitter and the archived version of the posts can be viewed here, here, here, here, and here.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The image is viral on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/search/photos/?q=ramaiyer%20srinivasan&amp;sde=AbqjgiQbycmIVTVU6xuCMo9HHvSqjE4NIUvbBgtxJDiFbRyUO_1rpsbpcawJhP_FgcUh_-8a_c5NN7L7qBhD3tmD-RN6XS9e_0vHyBxWqxBjjBtLM0uOclzZt9PrpVe8it8">Facebook</a>.</p></div>

The image is viral on Facebook.

(Source: Facebook/ Screenshot)

The Quint received multiple queries on the claim being made about the image on its WhatsApp tipline as well.

WHAT WE FOUND

We searched for the details of the company 'Al Zahaa Sweets LLC' and found that it is based out of Ajman, United Arab Emirates (UAE). As per the information provided by 'Diligencia Group', the company was established in 2020.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The organisation is based out of Ajman, UAE.</p></div>

The organisation is based out of Ajman, UAE.

(Source: Website/ Screenshot)

We reached out to the UAE-based company who denied any connection with the Sabarimala temple and said that this product is available only in the UAE market.

"We have noted the rumours. Ours is a LLC company, located in UAE, manufacturing different varieties of snacks and sweets including Arabic Sweets. Our popular product 'Aravana Payasam' doesn't have any connection with religion, caste, or creed. It is not at all connected with Lord Ayyappa or Sabarimala. We don't have any contract with any Indian or Kerala based company or board."
Rashid, business development manager, Al Zahaa Sweets

WHAT DOES THE TRAVANCORE DEVASWOM BOARD HAVE TO SAY?

Meanwhile, speaking to The Quint's WebQoof team, BS Prakash, commissioner at the Travancore Devaswom Board called out the viral claim.

"This is a false claim. The Prasadam is manufactured by the temple authorities. No company or organisation is authorised to make it."
BS Prakash, commissioner, Travancore Devaswom Board

We also accessed recent images of the Aravana Prasadam that is being offered at the Sabarimala temple and found that they are completely different from the viral one.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Left: Viral image. Right: Recent image of the Prasadam being offered at the Sabarimala temple.</p></div>

Left: Viral image. Right: Recent image of the Prasadam being offered at the Sabarimala temple.

(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Evidently, social media users falsely claimed that the authorities at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala were offering the 'Aravana Payasam' manufactured by a UAE-based company 'Al Zahaa Sweets LLC.'

(With inputs from Aishwarya Varma)

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