No, This Photo Does Not Show A Hindu Seer Meditating In The Himalayas
BOOM found that the viral image is digitally altered and that the real image shows a seer with ash smeared on his body.
A photo of a Hindu seer sitting in meditation with ash smeared on his entire body, has been digitally altered and shared online to claim that it shows a seer meditating in extreme weather conditions in the Himalayas.
(Original texts in Hindi: रघुपति राघव राजा राम पतित पावन सीताराम, ईश्वर तुलसी शालीग्राम सत्य सनातन धर्म महान। हम साधारणतः 7 डिग्री में कांपने लगते हैं। ये तपस्वी हिमालय के गोद मे तपस्या करते हुए। कोटि कोटि प्रणाम। ॐ नमः शिवाय)
BOOM did a reverse image search and found several posts on Facebook sharing a different version of the same photo.
A 2019 post on Facebook page Baba sarbangi shared the picture with a caption reading 'Baba Bhale Giri Ji Maharaj of Juna Akhara'.
The image in the above Facebook posts has been digitally altered to give it a monochrome look and shared with claims of a snow-covered seer meditating in the Himalayas.
BOOM compared the viral image with the photo shared on Facebook and found them to be the same. However, the photo has been altered in such a way that the ash looks like snow.