This article is from Jul 27, 2021

Is the leaning temple of Kashi Ratneshwar taller than the leaning tower of Pisa ?

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If Pisa tower which is 54 metres high leans at 4 degrees is one of the wonders of the world, isn’t it important for the world to know the secrets of Kashi Ratneshwar temple that is 74 metres high near Manikarnika Ghat leaning at 9 degrees for 1000 years?

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Explanation

Pisa tower which is one of the wonders of the world leans at 4 degrees, whereas Kashi Ratneshwar temple near Manikarnika Ghat leans at 9 degrees which is 74m high. But the height of the Pisa tower is just 54 metres.

Posts claiming the above information comparing Pisa tower and Kashi Ratneshwar temple is circulated widely on social media.

What is the truth?

Ratneshwar temple located on the banks of a river in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is often compared to Pisa tower due to the reason that it leans at 9 degrees where Pisa tower leans at 4 degrees. Along with this fact, additional information which is not true is also being shared.

Nobody knows the exact year in which this temple was built. Shivalingam sanctum sanctorum of this shrine remains underwater. This temple also called Kashi Karvat is believed to be built 500 years back taking a cue from historical stories.

‘Samacharlive’ website has the information that the temple was built in the 19th century but has mentioned that no details were found on who built it.

“The temple was not leaning till 1860, but it started tilting backwards later due to its weight claims few stories. However, the reasons remain mysterious “, says ‘Times Now’ article from the spiritual category.

The height of the temple is not 74 metres as mentioned in the claim but is 13-14 metres high. Pisa tower is 57 metres high. Hence Kashi Ratneshwar temple is not taller than the Pisa tower.

Italy’s famous leaning tower of Pisa was built in 1173 and it took 200 years to complete the construction works. However, it took a few hundred more years for the construction experts to involve in straightening/supporting the tower once it began tilting. It is said that the tower’s tilt has reduced to around 3.99 degrees after the efforts.

Conclusion

The Pisa tower indeed leans at 4 degrees and the Kashi Ratneshwar temple leans at 9 degrees.

But the height of Pisa tower claiming to be 54m and Kashi Ratneshwar temple claiming to be 74m are not true. Pisa tower is 57m high where Kahi Ratneshwar temple is 13-14m high and is also not a 1000-year-old temple.

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