Fact Check: Photos of Japanese temple passed off as sculptures in Mysore's Chamarajeshwara Temple

According to the image description, the sculptures are from Japan’s Nenbutsushu Sanpouzan Muryojuji “The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism”.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  31 Oct 2021 8:39 AM GMT
Fact Check: Photos of Japanese temple passed off as sculptures in Mysores Chamarajeshwara Temple

Hyderabad: Social media users are sharing photos of sculptures from the Chamarajeshwara Temple in Mysore and praising Indian architecture.

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Fact Check:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the three photos on Flickr, a stock image repository. According to the image description, the sculptures are from Japan's Nenbutsushu Sanpouzan Muryojuji "The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism".

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We searched Facebook and YouTube and found images and videos of the Nenbutsushu temple that showed similar sculptures. The official website of the Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism said the head temple of Nenbutsushu Sampozan Muryojuji Temple is the first authentic full-scale Buddhist temple since the erection of the main temple of the Obakushu Buddhist Sect in 1661.

Meanwhile, the Sri Chamarajeshwara Swamy Temple in Mysore was built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar Bahaddur III in 1826 in the name of his father Chamarajendra Wodeyar.

Neither the official website of the Chamarajeshwara temple nor any other reports on the temple's architecture feature sculptures similar to those in the viral post. Even Google Maps did not show images of similar sculptures at the Chamarajeshwara Swamy Temple.

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It is clear that the viral photos show sculptures from Nenbutsushu Sampozan Muryojuji Temple in Kato City. They are not from Chamarajeshwara Temple in Mysore. Hence, the claim is false.


Claim Review:Images of sculptures in Chamarajeshwara temple, Mysore.
Claimed By:Social media users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social media
Claim Fact Check:False
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