Did 7 lakh Christians in America join Hinduism? No!

This is an old video from 2022 rathayatra celebrations happened in London, United Kingdom

Claim

7 lakh Christians in America left Christianity and joined Hinduism and created a world record !!! Let truth and orthodoxy prevail.

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Explanation

Social media users are claiming that more than “7 lakh Christians in America left Christianity and joined Hinduism and created a world record” sharing a 24-second video of an enormous crowd singing “Hare Krishna, Hare Rama” while marching down a street. You can see related posts with similar claims here, here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

A temple car appeared amid the crowd as we examined each keyframe of the viral video.  Additionally, we noticed that one of the buildings had a UK flag. Using this as a hint, we performed a reverse image search using pertinent keywords, which resulted in old videos of Rathayatra in London from 2022.

We thus found similarities between the YouTube video and the viral video. Additionally, we have included the comparison image below for readers’ reference.

When we advanced our search, we found many videos from the previous year’s celebration of the rathayatra. This states that this festival has been celebrated for a long period, which means the Ratha yatra is not a new practice but has been done for years. More videos from past Rathayatra celebrations are included for readers, which can be found here and here.

“Rathayatra” meaning “chariot festival,” is the biggest street festival sponsored by ISKCON. It is celebrated by devotees of Lord Krishna all over the world.

The London procession starts from Hyde Park Corner, goes through Park Lane, Piccadilly, and Haymarket and finally arrives at Trafalgar Square, where festivities continue till night. Drama, dance, philosophy, and a feast are the highlights.

The aforementioned details verify that this is an old London, UK video depicting celebrations for Rathayatra 2022.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the viral claim stating that 7 lakh Christians in America left Christianity and joined Hinduism is false and untrue.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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