Hyderabad: A video of a deity decorated with currency notes of various denominations is doing the rounds on social media platforms. Reportedly, cash worth Rs. 1 crore was used to decorate the goddess at a temple in Gadwal in Telangana.
The same video was also shared on Twitter.
The claim is TRUE.
NewsMeter extracted keyframes from the video and performed a Google reverse image search. We found that the same video has been shared on various social media platforms and YouTube.
The executive editor of NDTV had shared the viral video and tweeted, "Decorations with currency worth Rs 1,11,11,111 for #Dhanalakshmi avatar of #KanyakaParameswariDevi at #Gadwal #Telangana as part of #Navaratri; three years ago it was Rs 3,33,33,333 currency decoration ... Pandemic, economic slowdown presumably has its effects @ndtv @ndtvindia (sic)."
The video was uploaded on the YouTube channel, Daiva Chintana, on 25 October.
Another YouTube channel, Tamil Bajans, has also uploaded the same video and claimed that Rs. 1 crore cash was used to decorate goddess Vasavi in Gadwal.
When we searched using the keywords 'Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Temple Gadwal', we found a video published by a local Telugu TV channel, Bharat Today, on 24 October. The video explains that members of Arya Vysya Samgham organized Navaratri celebrations at the temple and the deity was decorated with cash worth Rs. 1,11,11,111.
Vasavi Kanyaka Parameshwari, the temple deity, was decorated with cash amounting to Rs. 3,33,33,333 during the 2017 Navratri celebrations. The same report can be seen in a video published by ETV in September 2017.
In 2019, too, the deity had been decorated with currency notes. A photo of the same was shared by the Vysyamala Facebook page, the official community page that covers various activities of Vasavi Temple across the globe.
Here is the video uploaded by ETV Telangana in September 2017.
Hence, the claim that Rs. 1 crore cash was used to decorate goddess Vasavi at a temple in Telangana's Gadwal is TRUE.