Old Mangaluru mosque in Indian architecture is falsely claimed as a Temple!


Can I know which temple is this, in Karnataka? It’s so beautiful.

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The 25-second viral clip shows a mosque where we see men and boys getting ready for prayer by refreshing themselves. This post is shared with a claim stating, “Can I know which temple is this, in Karnataka?.” Already, similar video was shared with different claims relating it to Kerala can be seen here.

What’s the truth?

We started our analysis, with relevant keywords on Google, which led us to a video released on the YouTube channel “Thousand Shades of India.” This video was posted on December 20, 2021, with the caption, “A glimpse into the oldest mosque of Karnataka and the third oldest in India!”

When we looked into the description box of the video, it read “Mangalore’s Bunder area houses one of India’s oldest Muslim communities, their origin dating back to almost 1,400 years. A testimony to their history, going back 14 centuries, is their ancient place of worship, Zeenat Baksh Masjid, renovated and renamed by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. Serene, unique in its architectural style, and profusely intricate in its woodwork, Zeenat Baksh is a calming oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of this southern port city.”

The viral video is found to have matching visuals with the above Youtube video. This proves that the viral video is from the same loction as of the Youtube video.

Screengrab from viral video

We took that as a cue and searched the internet with relevant keywords and it took us to the website of the Karnataka State Tourism Department. According to the site, “Masjid Zeenath Baksh is located in the Bunder area in Mangaluru and this mosque portrays the life stories of Prophet Mohamed. Believed to have been established by Arab Muslim traders during 644 AD, this mosque surpasses all other mosques due to its pure Indian architecture style. It is probably the only mosque in Karnataka made entirely of wood. The main highlight of the mosque is the wooden inner sanctum consisting of 16 pillars made of teak.”

All the above information clarifies that the video in circulation shows the oldest mosque and not a temple as the viral claim suggests.


In conclusion, the widely shared video that purports to depict a Karnataka temple is false and misleading. The video that’s making the rounds is from Mangalore, Karnataka’s ancient Zeenat Baksh Masjid, built in Indian architecture style.

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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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