Hanuman Gadha found during an excavation in Sri Lanka.

This picture circulating heavily on social networking websites claims to show the Hindu God Hanumanji’s Gadha (mace) which is supposedly discovered during an excavation in Sri Lanka. Other versions said it is the world’s largest Gada of Veer Hanuman at Gujarat. The claims are not facts.

Lord Hanuman is a famous Hindu deity known for his strength, discipline and dedication. Gada is his weapon that he carries to destroy evil. In the Hindu epic of Ramayana, Lord Hanuman fights with Ravana in Sri Lanka to help his master Lord Rama get back his abducted wife Sita. Perhaps this is the reason why the picture in question is associated with such a claim.

The Gada shown in picture is real, but as such it does not belong to Lord Hanuman, and is not discovered in Sri Lanka or Gujarat for that matter. It actually shows a 45 feet Gada ‘made’ for installation with a 125-foot-high Hanuman statue in the outskirts of Indore, India – on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti (birthday) on 25 April 2013. As quoted in Hindustan Times epaper:

A 45-foot-long mace (Gada) of Lord Hanuman weighing 21 tonnes being taken out in a procession from Nanda Nagar to Pitra Parvat on the outskirts of Indore on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti on Thursday for installation with a statue of Hanuman, which is 125-foot-high.

The video shows a part of the procession where the mighty mace, Hanuman Gada is carried to the temple in outskirts of Indore, India.

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