Photos of PM Modi ‘Taking Holy Dip at Kumbh Mela’ Are From 2004

The photos are from 2004, when Modi attended the Hindu festival, Ujjain Simhastha, in Madhya Pradesh.

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A social media post falsely claims that PM Modi took a holy dip at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. 
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THE CLAIM

A post, which claims Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a holy dip in Uttar Pradesh during the Kumbh Mela, has been doing the rounds on social media.

The post, shared by the Facebook page We Support Nationalism, claims that the photos were from Prayagraj, where the Kumbh Mela is presently underway.

It has 3,000 social media interactions, and was shared nearly 400 times at the time of writing this article.

भारत के प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जी कुम्भ मेले मे डूबकी लगाते हुए..

Posted by We Support Nationalism on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The post was also shared by several other groups and individual users on Facebook.

भारत के प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जी कुम्भ मेले मे डूबकी लगाते हुए..

Posted by राम मंदिर चाहते होतो सामने लाइक करे on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

भारत के प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जी कुम्भ मेले मे डूबकी लगाते हुए..

Posted by Ritu on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

THE TRUTH

A reverse search of the images revealed that while the photos were authentic, they were not from the ongoing ‘Ardh Kumbh Mela’ in Prayagraj.

The search also threw up a Naiduniya-Jagran report that confirmed the photos were from 2004, when Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat.

In the photos, he is seen taking a holy dip during the 2004 Ujjain Simhastha, a Hindu festival held every 12 years on the banks of the Shipra river in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain.

A screenshot of a news report found after the reverse image search.
A screenshot of a news report found after the reverse image search.
(Photo: The Quint)

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