Hyderabad: Tweets claiming that Shri Swaminarayan temple in Mumbai is being converted into a COVID-19 facility is circulating on social media with a set of hospital bed images.

However, the visuals are from the BAPS Swaminarayan temple at Atladara in Gujarat's Vadodara.


The claim reads: "Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Mumbai has been converted into Covid Hospital. The temple will also bear treatment expenses. Heartfelt thanks to the temple administration".

Click here, here and here to view archives of the above tweets.

FACT CHECK:

We used the keywords, "temple turned into Covid facility' and found a video report by TV 9 Gujarati on Youtube with the title "Vadodara: 200-bed COVID facility comes up at Sabha Mandap of BAPS Atladara temple".

Upon observation, it was that the word 'Yagnapurush Sabhagruh' in Gujarati was found in the viral image and in the video report. This indicates that the viral images were taken from the BAPS Atladara temple located in Gujarat.




According to several reports, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple has started a 300-bed Covid facility in Atladara. "We are providing all the non-medical facilities for patients. We have arranged for oxygen and ventilators including the ICU rooms apart from fans and air-coolers. Currently, 300 beds are operational and 200 will be added soon," said Gyan Vatsal Swami of Shri Swaminarayan Temple.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/religious-bodies-join-war-on-pandemic/articleshow/82071159.cms

Apart from this, we found no credible news that stated that Shri Swaminarayan temple in Mumbai is being converted to a Covid facility.

Hence, it is clear that the images show a temple in Gujarat being converted into a Covid facility.

Claim Review :   Mumbai’s Swaminarayan temple converted into COVID cente
Claimed By :  Social Media User
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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