Did PM Modi do a handstand at Kedarnath temple at a young age? No!

The viral video shows Kedarnath temple priest Santosh Trivedi walking on his hands which is falsely shared as PM Narendra Modi at his young age.

Claim

Dear Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, when he was 26 years old, how he circumambulated Kedarnath, you all have a look.

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Explanation

The two-minute and twenty-second-long social media post claims that the viral video features 26-year-old Narendra Modi walking with his hands around the Kedarnath temple. The original post was in the language of Kannada. You can view related posts with similar claims here and here.


What’s the truth?

Upon conducting a pertinent Google search using terms such as “Kedarnath yoga” and “Handstand Kedarnath,” we discovered numerous reports dated June 2021.

According to the report on Etv Bharat.com, “A Priest circumambulates the Kedarnath temple by walking on his hands. His name is Priest Santosh Trivedi, who has been doing the handstand movement for the last seven days, and is protesting against the government’s decision to enact the Devasthanam Management Board Act.”

This video was also posted by the “Dev Bhoomi Shri Kedarnath Dham” on its Facebook page on June 21, 2021. The caption said, “Yogi Mahadev Kedareshwar’s Shri Charan Acharya Shri Santosh Trivedi ji circumambulating the Kedarnath Jyotirlinga temple with his yoga.” As he wishes everyone a very happy World Yoga Day and says, “Jai Shri Kedar,” he is spreading the message that yoga is the key to a healthy heart.

This same news was also covered by the Zee News on June 21, 2021, and can be read here.

The aforementioned details make it clear that the widely shared video does not feature Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at 26 years old, strolling around the Kedarnath temple by hand.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the viral video stating Prime Minister Narendra Modi is doing handstands at a young age is false. In reality, the video shows the priest Santosh Trivedi from the Kedarnath temple.

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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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