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Not in this photo is Gajanan Maharaj with Subhash Chandra Bose; Read Truth – Fact Crescendo Marathi

A photo is being shared on social media and it is being claimed that this is the photo of the meeting between Subhash Chandra Bose and Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon. The post has appealed to share this rare photo more and more.

Fact Crescendo readers requested fact check by sending this photo to our WhatsApp factline number (9049053770).

After verification, it was found that the person with Subhash Chandra Bose in this photo is not Gajajan Maharaj but Shankaracharya of Puri.

What is the claim?

Three persons are seen in the photo shared in the post. Subhash Chandra Bose (first from left) is writing something, while a person stands beside him. A third person is seated and is assumed to be Gajanan Maharaj.

The caption reads, Very rare photo of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose with Shri Sant Gajajan Maharaj from Shegaon. This photo was taken at the home of his devotee Pasarkar Studio in Ramdaspeth when Maharaj used to visit Akola. He has still kept his negative. Share the original photo of Gajanan Mauli as much as you can.

Original post – Facebook

Fact checking

A Google and Yandex reverse image search of the photo in the post brings up many results. According to the caption of a photo uploaded on April 5, 2016 on a Twitter account called Rare & Historical, the photo is of a meeting between Subhash Chandra Bose and Shankaracharya of Puri. That original tweet you can see See his archive here.

When I caught this thread and searched on Google, I found a tweet from the official Twitter handle of the Congress party. According to this tweet on January 21, 2017, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Shankaracharya of Puri are seen in this photo.


Interestingly, Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon took Samadhi on September 8, 1910. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was born on 23 January 1897. Netaji was only 13 years old when Gajanan Maharaj took Samadhi.

But in the photo, Netaji looks mature. Even from this it is not possible that this photo is with Gajanan Maharaj. The person sitting on the chair in the photo is Shankaracharya of Puri.

So who is that person standing?

According to the Better India and Indian History Twitter accounts, the person standing is Netaji’s driver/bodyguard “Colonel” Nizamuddin. Nizamuddin, who was very loyal to Netaji, took three bullets himself to save the life of Subhash Babu. It was Netiji who gave him the title of Colonel. He passed away on February 6, 2017 at the age of 117. Read more about them here – Better India. Archive


When and who took the photo?

According to information on Better Photography and Reddit, this photo was taken in 1940 by a photographer named Manoranjan Ghosh. Manoranjan Ghosh has to be described as a neglected photographer in pre-independence India.

Born in Patna in 1909, Manoranjan was interested in art from an early age. Along with photography, he was also skilled in painting. Read more about them at the link below.

Times of India. Archive. Better photography. Archive

Brief information about this photo:


The photo given in the post is not of Gajanan Maharaj but of the meeting between Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Shankaracharya of Puri. This photo was taken by Manoranjan Ghosh in 1940. So this post is false.


Title:Not in this photo is Gajanan Maharaj with Subhash Chandra Bose; Read the truth

Written By: Agastya Deokar

Result: False

The article is in Marathi

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