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Fact Check: No, the statue shown in the viral image was excavated near the Turkey-Syria border

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An image of a structure construction inside a Hindu temple in Bali, Indonesia is being shared with a false claim that it shows a 3,200 years old lord Narasimha statue excavated at the Turkey-Syria border.

An image is doing rounds on social media with a claim that it shows a 3,200 years old Lord Narasimha sculpture which was found during the excavations near the Turkey-Syria border. 

A Facebook user shared the image with a caption in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "A 3000-year-old statue of Lord_Narsingh found during excavations in the "Tigris River" on the "Turkey-Syria" border (even beyond Iraq)! Jai Sanatan Jai Hindusthan Jai Shri Sita Ram."

The image is being widely circulated on Facebook and Twitter with the same narrative. 

The truth behind the claim

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. This sculpture seen in the viral image has not been excavated near the Turkey-Syria border.  This sculpture was constructed inside the ‘Pura Dalem & Pura Penataran Desa Adat Kuta’ Hindu temple in Bali, Indonesia. 

With the help of reverse image search, we found the image of the sculpture in question uploaded on VIRTOURIST.com, according to which,the sculpture is located inside a temple in Bali, Indonesia. The caption with the image reads, "In the picture, you can see one of the statues that decorate the main gate of one of the Hindu temples in the heart of Kuta Beach. Even in this commercialized and over developed tourist town, Hindu temples have their space."

Taking a hint from this, we performed relevant keyword searches and found similar images of the structure uploaded on Trip Advisor, stating thathis sculpture was constructed inside the ‘Pura Dalem & Pura Penataran Desa Adat Kuta’ Hindu temple near the Kuta beach in Bali.

Moreover, we did not any credible media report stating that a  3,200 years old lord Narasimha statue excavated at the Turkey-Syria border.

In conclusion, an image of a structure construction inside a Hindu temple in Bali, Indonesia is being shared with a false claim that it shows a 3,200 years old lord Narasimha statue excavated at the Turkey-Syria border.

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