Fact-Check: Is there a Shivlinga in Ireland?
On November 29,2021, the words ‘Hindu Gods’ was trending on Twitter within which users were celebrating the fact that comedian Munawar Faruqi declared that he would stop performing live after 12 of his shows got cancelled upon threats from Hindu organisations.
Within the trend, a picture comparing shivlings in different parts of the world remained one of the top posts. The user claimed that Hinduism is spread far and wide as presented examples of shivlingas in different countries. Pictures of monuments in different parts of the world including Ireland, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam were all put together in a graphic.
Who said our Sanathana Dharma & Hindu Gods are limited to India. Our Dharma was filled allover the world, but without intentionally spread by Indians like other religions do now in India. pic.twitter.com/gHOQ8zwTxy
— Ramesh Babu Kunapareddy (@kunapareddy52) November 25, 2021
Har Har Mahadev pic.twitter.com/b8aqNx45Yy
— Sheetal Chopra 🇮🇳 (@SheetalPronamo) November 21, 2021
Historically, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam have all had Hindu settlements but the monument of Ireland left us scratching our heads. We performed a reverse image search on the Ireland monument and found that it is actually called Lia Fáil, located on the Hill of Tara in Ireland.
We found various sources on the monument which is claimed to have been the place where all the kings of Ireland were crowned. None of the resources mention its Hindu connection nor do any historians claim that it is a shivlinga.
Additionally, phallic symbols are occasionally found in other cultures but to be a true representation of a Shivalinga. The stone must have a Yoni at the base, which is not present in the Lia Fáil.
Therefore, this claim is fake.