Hyderabad: On the occasion of Vinayaka Chaturthi on Aug 22, 2020, several social media users shared a video of Lord Ganesha idol claiming it was made of 70kg gold and 350kg silver estimated to cost Rs 264 crores.

@HinduMandirLive shared the video on Twitter with accompanying text, translated from Hindi: “70 Kg Gold and 350 Kg Silver have been used in this idol of Lord Shri Ganesha.”

The same video was circulated on Facebook with similar claims.

दर्शन करिये 264 करोड़ की गणेश जी की मूर्ति के जिसमें 70 kg सोना और 350 kg चांदी लगी है

दर्शन करिये 264 करोड़ की गणेश जी की मूर्ति के जिसमें 70 kg सोना और 350 kg चांदी लगी है

Posted by प्रभु मिलन on Saturday, August 22, 2020

Archive of the claims can be found here and here.

Fact check:

NO, this video is not related to the idol of Lord Ganesha made of 70kg gold and 350kg silver from Mumbai.

During keyword search, Newsmeter couldn’t find any authentic source connecting this video to the claim. But we find news reports about Lord Ganesh idol made of 70kg gold and 350kg silver by G.S.B.Mandal from Mumbai.

A report by IndiaTV from 2018 features Lord Ganesh idol adorned with 70kg gold and 350kg silver which insured for 264 crores.

The same was reported on the official YouTube channel of ABP news on 13 Sep 2018.

The idol shown in these reports is not the same as featured in the viral video.

G.S.B. SevaMandal from Mumbai is famous for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturti each year, this trust installs a Ganesh idol adorned with gold and silver. According to the NDTV report published in 2018, Ganesh idol decorated with 70 kilograms of gold and 350 kilograms of silver donated by devotees in the past 64 years to the Mandal.

While this viral video is in circulation since 2019 with the same claim, the idol installed by G.S.B.SevaMandal in 2019 is not the same as in the video.

Idol installed by G.S.B.SevaMandal in 2019:

Ganesha Idol (1)

So the idol seen in the viral video is NOT related to the idol of Lord Ganesh made of 70kg gold and 350kg silver from Mumbai.

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru completed his Masters in Communication from The University of Hyderabad. He has interned with The New Indian Express and Kriti Social Initiatives. With the specialization of media research in masters, he submitted his thesis on the topic of "Fact-checking Initiatives and their response to Fake News in India." He believes that fact-checkers have a huge role to play in the fight against fake news which is a dangerous undercurrent in social media reinforcing hatred and false perceptions. Along with fact-checking, he is also interested in writing about environmental issues and human interest stories.

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