A video of the interior of a temple is being shared on social media. Users claim that these are visuals of "newly renovated Kashi Vishwanath temple, Varanasi".
The video shows a beautiful interior of a grand temple with marble idols and golden decor on the ceiling and the pillars. We can also see Shiva Lingas embedded in the marble platform.
The video is viral on all platforms of social media with same narrative.
The claim is FALSE.
While searching the social media, we found a tweet by Planner India stating: "This post is to confirm the below link is of Mani Mandir designed by Planner India in Varanasi. Fake news on social media is around this is newly renovated Kashi Vishwanath Temple. We Condemn this News."
In the tweet, they also shared a YouTube video showing the interior of Mani Mandir in Varanasi. "Mani Mandir recently completed by #PlannerIndia," it said. This is the same video going viral with the wrong claim.
On the website of Shri Mani Mandir, we also found several details and images showing the inauguration of the temple in 2020. On the home page, we also found another video, which shows the complete interior of the temple.
Here are some news reports published during the inauguration of the temple.
Kashi Viswanath Corridor is being renovated under a prestigious project by the central government. The corridor will connect the Vishwanath Temple to Ahilyabai Ghat on the Gangas.
Here is a report published in Outlookindia.com about the progress of the construction.
On the website of Kashi Vishwanath temple trust, we could not find any information about the renovation. Images on the website also show the original temple and the idol.
Here is the live darshan of the Kashi Vishwanath temple, which shows the old idol and temple premises.
The temple has been reopened to the devotees from June 27, 2021.
Therefore, the viral video does not show the newly renovated Kashi Vishwanath Temple. This video has been shot in the Mani Mandir constructed by Dharma Sangha in Varanasi. So, the claim is FALSE.