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Artistic Banyan Tree Sculpture in Karnataka Shared as One in UP Temple

The artistic banyan tree sculpture is in the Utsav Rock Garden in Karnataka, not Uttar Pradesh.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>The claim is that the sculpture carved in stone is in Naga Vasuki temple, Prayagraj.</p></div>
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A photo shared along with the claim that a sculpture carved in stone is in Naga Vasuki temple in (Prayag) Prayagraj, formerly known as Allahabad, has gone massively viral on the internet.

However, we found that the artistic banyan tree is in the Utsav Rock Garden in Karnataka's Haveri district.

CLAIM

The claim on the image reads: "This is not a tree. It is carved in stone. No one knows who is the sculptor. This is in Naga Vasuki temple, Prayag. We always feel proud about Taj Mahal, ignoring vast cultural heritage which remained unnoticed even today."

<div class="paragraphs"><p>An archived version of the tweet can be found <a href="https://archive.st/archive/2021/7/twitter.com/hvuj/twitter.com/GenPanwar/status/1413855259428986882.html" rel="nofollow">here</a>.</p></div>

An archived version of the tweet can be found here.

(Source:Twitter/Screenshot)

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The claim is massively viral on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/search/photos/?q=This%20is%20not%20a%20tree.%20It%20is%20carved%20in%20stone.%20No%20one%20knows%20who%20is%20the%20sculptor.%20T" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a>.</p></div>

The claim is massively viral on Facebook.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

We found that several social media users have shared the misleading claim and the archived versions can be found here, here, and here. The photo along with the same claim was also viral on 2020 and the archived version can be accessed here.

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WHAT WE FOUND

Upon scrutinising the comments of a Twitter user, we found one reply that mentioned that the photo is from Karnataka.

Taking cue from there, we conducted a reverse image search on Google along with 'Karnataka' as the keyword and we found the same image on a page called 'where is this.'

It said that the lady statue is at Utsav Rock Garden, Indoor and Outdoor Sculpture Museum in Karnataka.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The lady statue is situated in the Utsav Rock Garden in Karnataka.</p></div>

The lady statue is situated in the Utsav Rock Garden in Karnataka.

(Source: where is this/Screenshot)

We then looked for the image on the official website of Utsav Rock Garden and found the revamped version of the sculpture in the album 'artistic banyan tree'.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Photo was accessed from the album 'Artistic Banyan tree'.</p></div>

Photo was accessed from the album 'Artistic Banyan tree'.

(Source: Utsav Rock Garden)

We also made a comparison between the two images and found several similarities.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Several elements match in both the images.</p></div>

Several elements match in both the images.

(Source: Twitter/Utsav Rock Garden)

Clearly, photo of the sculpture in Utsav Rock Garden was falsely claimed to be in Naga Vasuki temple, Prayagraj.

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