Fact Check: Video of Lord Ganesha Idol in Thailand Viral As That from Indonesia

A video is widely shared on social media showing a tall statue of Lord Ganesha, claiming that it is the tallest idol of Ganesha in Indonesia.

The caption associated with the video reads: ఇది భారతదేశంలో కాదు…! ముస్లిం దేశం ఇండోనేషియాలో ప్రపంచంలోనే అత్యంత ఎత్తైన స్థితిలో ఉన్న 128 అడుగుల శ్రీ గణేష్ విగ్రహం. గణపతి బప్పా మోర్యా (English translation: This is not in India …! World’s tallest 128-feet Sri Ganesh statue in the Muslim country Indonesia. Ganapathi Bappa Morya)

The link to the post can be seen here.


NewsMobile did the fact-check, and found it to be misleading.

Doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same video uploaded by Facebook page of Sanskar TV, dated January 9, 2021, with a caption: “Today, Thai Buddhists also celebrate the birth of Ganesha. Bhagwan Ganesha is known popularly as “Phra Phikanet” at Thailand. “Ganpati Bappa Morya”.

BigStock an online royalty-free, international microstock photography website that sells images via a credit-based system had also uploaded the photo with a caption: “Big Ganesha statue of Thailand god of bless.”

The official website mentions that the height of the statue of Lord Ganesh is 39 metres with the base. It is situated in The Khlong Khuean Shri Ganesh International Park, Thailand.

Hence, we can ascertain that the viral claim is misleading.

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