Fact Check: Old Video Of Altercation Between Priests And Officials Resurfaces With False Claim

The Logical Indian Fact check investigates the claim that video showing priests toppling the donation box in the temple is recent.

Karnataka   |   12 Aug 2020 12:41 PM GMT / Updated : 2020-08-12T18:12:45+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Old Video Of Altercation Between Priests And Officials Resurfaces With False Claim

A video showing priests toppling the donation box in temple and one of the priests shouting is doing the rounds on social media platforms with the claim that Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan held on August 5 has ushered in "change" as on being asked to share the donations by officials, priests are refusing.

"In Karnataka when the govt servants came to collect the hundi money they demanded them to get the donations from Church & Masjid," reads the caption of one such post.

Author Advaita Kala also shared the video. It has been shared over 6000 times.

"If the money of worshippers is not being utilised by Hindus, what is the use of the donation box," she wrote quoting the priest.

Further, a WhatsApp forward is also being circulated which makes similar claims.

"The priests of Karnataka have started removing donation boxes from temples, saying that when the money of Hindu devotees does not work for Hindus, then why the donation box. When the government employees came to take the Hundi of charity, the priests of the temple protested, the priest asked the government officials to first go to the mosque & church and bring donations from there. Revolution has begun. It should happen in the whole country until temples are free from government control," reads the forward.

The Logical Indian received a request to fact check the claim.


Video showing priests toppling the donation box in the temple is recent.

Fact Check:

The claim is false.

A Twitter user pointed out that the video was from 2015 and was shot at the Kolaramma temple.

Based on this, a keyword search was done on Facebook which led to the same video from 2015.

Another Twitter user shared a screenshot of an article by Kannada daily Prajavani which was published in 31 October, 2015.

The report said that priests disrupted worship services in the famous Kolaramma temple. They had an argument with the authorities who had arrived on the order of the High Court. The priests had removed the hundi or donation box which was placed by the government in the Kolaramma temple for collecting donations.

These type of donations are taxed by the state. The altercation between the priests and the officials happened over the installation of a hundi. The priests had appealed to the High Court to remove the hundi, however, the court had ordered that it should be installed. The argument occurred when government officials visited the temple to place the hundi.

"We have eight priests who rely upon this profession. What should we do to maintain our lives if the authorities set up a hundi? How do we raise children?" the priests were quoted as saying.

The viral video was earlier debunked by Alt News.

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Claim Review :  Video showing priests toppling the donation box in the temple is recent and the money donated by “Hindu devotees” are not utilised for the welfare of Hindus.
Claimed By :  WhatsApp Forwards
Fact Check :  False
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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.

Bharat Nayak

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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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Abhishek M

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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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