Video of Somnath Temple Passed Off as Kashi Vishwanath Temple Post Renovation
The temple seen in the video is Somnath temple, Gujarat and the viral visuals have been in circulation since March.
A video of an illuminated temple is being shared on social media with the claim that it shows the first glimpse of the Kashi Vishwanath temple situated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh after renovation.
However, we found out that the temple seen in the video is the Somnath temple located in Gujarat and the viral visuals have been in circulation since March.
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple has undergone renovation and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the Kashi Vishwanath temple Corridor project on 13 December.
The video is being shared with the caption: "Here is the Kashi Viswanath temple. First glimpse after renovation भव्य काशी विष्वनाथ मंदिर की सौंदर्यकरण के बाद पहली झलकी..मोदी जी,योगी जी का धन्यवाद हर हर महादेव"
[Translation: The first glimpse of the grand Kashi Vishwanath temple after renovation. Thanks to Modi Ji and Yogi Ji.]
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
Using InVID, we fragmented the video into several keyframes and conducted a reverse image search on them. This search led us to a Facebook post shared on 30 March carrying the viral visuals and suggested that it is from the Somnath temple.
Further, we found the image of the said temple on its website and compared it with the viral visuals. Several similar elements can be seen in the two.
Meanwhile, the official Twitter handle of Somnath temple had tweeted visuals on the occasion of Diwali on 4 November. One can see that the temple looks similar to the one seen in the viral video.
Also, the structure of the said temple in Gujarat available on Google Earth showed several similarities with the one seen in the viral video, indicating that the temple in the latter is Somnath temple.
Meanwhile, an article published on 4 September by ThePrint, who had visited the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, carried a visual of the undergoing construction work at the site.
Earlier in August, Associated Press had also captured a glimpse of the construction work of the said temple in Varanasi. (Note: Swipe right to see the images.)
Clearly, a video of Somnath Temple in Gujarat is being shared to falsely claim that it shows the first glimpse of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Uttar Pradesh after renovation.
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