A social network positionyou which praises Indian architecture, is shared with some images of sculptures attributing them to the temple of Chamarajeshwara in Mysore. Let’s try to find the facts about these sculptures.
Claim: Images of carving in Chamarajeshwara Temple, Mysore
Do: These images are actually sculptures from the Nenbutsushu Sampozan Muryojuji Temple in Kato City, Japan. Although the sculpture of the Chamarajeshwara temple built in 1826 represents the feat of Indian architecture, the viral images are not related to this particular temple. Therefore, the claim made in the message is FALSE.
These are images of sculptures from Nenbutsushu Sampozan Muryojuji Temple in Kato City, Japan. Reverse image search of these three photos led us to the same respective images (hereand here) on Flickr, an image repository. According to the information associated with these images, they are sculptures of Nenbutsushu Sanpouzan Muryojuji “The Great Royal Hall of Buddhism”.
Searching the official Facebook and YouTube accounts of Nenbutsushu Temple, we found similar carvings (here, hereand here ). According to the information available on the official website website A grand royal hall of Buddhism, the main temple of Nenbutsushu Sampozan Muryojuji Temple is the first construction of an authentic large-scale Buddhist temple since the erection of the main temple of the Obakushu Buddhist sect in 1661.
On the other hand, Sri Chamarajeshwara Swamy Temple in Mysore was built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar Bahaddur III in 1826 in the name of his father Chamarajendra Wodeyar. However, neither the official website of the Chamarajeshwara Temple nor any other report on the architecture of the temples (here and here) feature sculpts similar to those in the viral post. Same Google Maps gave no image of similar carvings associating them with the Chamarajeshwara Swamy temple.
This proves that although the carvings at Chamarajeshwara temple represent the feat of Indian architecture, the viral images are not related to this particular temple.
To sum up, the sculptures of a Buddhist temple in Japan are falsely attributed to the Chamarajeshwara temple in Mysore.