Fact Check: Video Of Karnataka Temple Demolition Falsely Linked To Tamil Nadu

A video of a temple being demolished has surfaced on social media claiming that the incident is from Tamil Nadu.

Facebook users shared the video with the caption, “Another Hindu temple has destroyed in the Taliban ruled Tamil Nadu. As usual no outrage. Keep sleeping & see the great fall.”

Here’s the link to the above post. more posts can be seen here and here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.

We extracted keyframes of the video and put them through Reverse Image Search. The search led us to a video report by India Today dated September 13, 2021, where the same video was featured. As per the report, the video is of a Hindu temple at Nanjangud in Mysuru district, Karnataka.

“Demolition Of Nanjanagudu Temple In Karnataka’s Mysuru, Political War Erupts Between Congress & BJP,” the title of the video read.

The same video was also featured by Tv9 Kannada and Asianet Suvarna News channels.

The video was also uploaded by Public TV, a local media outlet, on September 9, 2021.
As per media reports, Mysuru district officials claimed that they merely followed orders regarding demolition of illegal religious structures across the state and that the temple was not on Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) maps and was only 12 years old.

India Today‘s report, dated September 12, 2021, mentions that “a letter by the State Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar to Deputy Commissioners on July 1, 2021, stated that Karnataka has 6,395 unauthorised religious structures in public places.”

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the viral video is from Karnataka and NOT Tamil Nadu.

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