Fact Check: Shutdown of 51,000 Government Schools Falsely Linked to Temple Construction in Vrindavan

A claim is doing the rounds on social media stating that a temple is being built in Uttar Pradesh’s Vrindavan at the cost of ₹500 crore and as many as 51,000 government schools will be shut.

The post draws the comparison that the government is spending ₹500 crore to build the Vrindavan temple, while the government schools are being shut.

The text in Hindi reads: “500 करोड की लागत से वृंदावन मे बनेगा सबसे बड़ा और सबसे भव्य मन्दिर और 51,000 सरकारी स्कूल होंगे बंद । ऐसे बनेगा देश विश्व गुरु” (English translation: Largest and grandest temple will be built in Vrindavan at a cost of ₹500 crore and 51,000 government schools will be closed.)

The above post can be seen here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be misleading.

With a keyword search on Google, we found that the temple in question is the ‘Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir’ which is under constriction and being built by ISKCON.

We also found an article dated March 16, 2014, in The Economic Times, stating that the project of the tallest temple in India Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir was inaugurated by then UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Another article dated May 9, 2022  in The Telegraph, which quoted a UDISE+ report —  states that 51,000 government schools were shut between September 2018 and September 2019.

So in conclusion, the above findings establish that ISKCON has built the Vrindavan temple, not the government as the viral post claims. And shutting down of 51,000 government schools is NOT related to the temple.

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