Fact Check: This picture was not taken during ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2 launch

A post has surfaced on the internet in which a priest can be seen performing puja in front of a missile. The text ‘India’ can be seen written on the missile.

One of the claims attached to the picture is that the photo was taken during ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2  launch.

The caption of the picture read: “पूजा पाठ, वैदिक कर्म, कर्मकाण्ड को ढोंग ढकोसला कहनेवाले के मुँह पर जोरदार तमाचा लगाते हुए हमारे चन्द्रयान -2 के वैज्ञानिकों के समूह ने प्रक्षेपण से पूर्व पूजा-पाठ किया । साथ ही ISRO द्वारा किसी भी की प्रक्षेपण से पूर्व उसका प्रतिरूप वेंकटेश्वर मंदिर में भगवान बेंकटेश्वर को अर्पित किया जाता है ताकि प्रक्षेपण सफल रहे। सिर्फ भारत ही नही दुनिया भर के वैज्ञानिक अभियान की सफलता के धार्मिक अनुष्ठान करते है।
अब कोई मूर्ख ही कहेगा कि वैज्ञानिक पूजा पाठ को नहीं मानते हैं क्यों? 😃 ईसरो का अभिनंदन”

Fact check

When the fact-checking team at NewsMobile did a fact check, we found out that the claim is fake.
On putting the picture through Reverse Image Search, we found the original picture by Getty Images in an article by the New York Times.

The picture was taken in 2013 and shows Agni-V, an intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India.

Hence, it proves that the picture is old and it was not taken during the Chandrayaan 2 launch.

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