A photoshopped image showing paper lanterns floating above the Golden Temple in Amritsar has been revived again. The edited image is viral at the onset of Diwali being celebrated in many parts of the country.
The image has been shared by several Facebook pages with a caption, ‘Diwali celebrations in India Golden Temple, Harmandir Sahib, India’ and show a fully lit Golden Temple with thousands of sky lanterns floating above it. The image also shows devotees at lighting candles and oil lamps near in the temple premises,
Another version of a similarly edited image was viral in 2017 and was even tweeted by Amitabh Bachchan.
A reverse image search directed us to a travel website – World Nomads – which had published the original photo giving credit to a photographer Emily Polar.
The photo was published on July 20, 2018 in Polar’s story about the Golden Temple. The original photo only shows a brightly lit Golden Temple with devotees lighting candles and oil lamps. There are no paper lanterns in the sky in the original photo.
View the photo below:
A further search led us to images from the Loy Krathong festival held in Thailand. The festival popularly known as the “Festival of Lights” in the country is highlighted by people launching flying paper lanterns in the skyb to ward off bad luck.
Click here to see more images of Loy Krathong festival.
The viral image was created by a visual artist Navkaran Brar, who tweeted the image wishing Diwali on Nov 7, 2018.
The photo also carries a watermark of his name ‘ @navkaranbrar1.
BOOM found that the image that went viral on 2017 was also created by Navkaran Brar who took to Twitter to clarify that it was photoshopped and not real.
The viral edited photo was previously factchecked by SM Hoax Slayer here.
We are glad to bring you this fact check. If you are happy with our mission to keep the internet safe of disinformation, do support us by clicking on the link
(BOOM is now available across social media platforms. For quality fact check stories, subscribe to our Telegram and WhatsApp channels. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin .)
Enter your registered email below and we will send your password to this address