Fact Check: Varanasi's Ratneshwar Temple Leans More Than Tower Of Pisa?

The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim that Ratneshwar temple leans at an angle higher than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Uttar Pradesh   |   7 Aug 2020 10:27 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-08-07T16:57:41+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Varanasis Ratneshwar Temple Leans More Than Tower Of Pisa?

A picture of a temple is being circulated on the social media platforms with the claim that the Ratneshwar temple near Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi, leans by 9 degrees, which is 5 degrees more than the leaning tower of Pisa.

The Logical Indian received a request to verify the claims.


Ratneshwar temple leans at an angle higher than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Fact Check:

The claim is true.

The Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple is situated at Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi. The temple has developed a nine-degree slant. It is also referred to as Kashi Karvat (Kashi is the ancient name for Varanasi and karvat means leaning in Hindi).

A Times Now report said that one of the beliefs held regarding the temple is that the 'ghat' had collapsed and leaned backwards after not being able to withstand its weight. The temple supposedly stood straight before the 1860s.

An Indian Travel Photography Blog, Kevin Standage, stated that the temple is famous for having a tilt of about nine degrees.

Below are screenshots from the blog which shows the temple from varied angles:

Tilt Higher Than Leaning Tower of Pisa

The world-famous monument in Italy, Leaning Tower Of Pisa or the Torre Pendente di Pisa was built back in 1173. Soon after it was built, the ground under one side started to sink under the weight of the stones and the structure started declining.

As per the latest update, the tower leans at 3.99 degrees owing to extensive work done to straighten the tower.

Therefore, it is true that the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans about 4 degrees, less than Ratneshwar Temple which leans at over 9 degrees.

The viral graphic also claims that the height of the temple is 74m, however, Wikipedia states that the elevation of the temple is 13.14 m. The Logical Indian could not independently verify the height of this temple.

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Claim Review :  Ratneshwar temple leans at an angle higher than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  True
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

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As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

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" An engineer by profession, Abhishek is the creative producer of the team, graphic designing is his passion and travelling his get away. In more ways than one, he makes the content visually appealing."

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