Fact Check! Is it true that Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula of Awadh granted land to Gorakhnath temple, as claimed by The Wire’s Arfa Khanum Sherwani?

Since last couple of days a claim is doing rounds in the internet that the land where the Gorakhnath temple was built was gifted by a Muslim ruler named Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula of Awadh to the Hindus. The claim was floated by Arfa Khanum Sherwani who works as Senior Editor at the propaganda website The Wire.

She had stated in one of her tweet that “In Yogi’s Gorakhpur, at the Imambada. Land on which Gorakhnath temple (Adityanath is its ’Mahant’ or head-priest) stands was granted by a Muslim ruler, Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula of Awadh. He granted land to this Imambada too. India is far more diverse than what our hateful leaders project it”.

This claim triggered a lot of controversy among the history buffs and the popular twitter handle “True Indology” revealed that the claim made by The Wire journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani was fake.

In a series of tweet, True Indology said that the temple existed even before the Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daulah was born. True Indology stated “Gorakhnath temple has a recorded history of at least 800 years. The temple existed even before Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daulah was born in 18th century. How could the Nawab grant land for construction of a temple that existed for hundreds of years before his own birth?”.

True Indology added “Fake news!”

True Indology went on to claim “Gorakhnath temple is much older than the Nawab. It was believed to be established by Gorakhnath himself. Whatever the case, the temple was already destroyed by Khilji in 13th century,meaning it already existed by then. From “Gorakhnath and the Kanphata Yogis” by George W Briggs”.

True Indology added few more information that busted the lies revolving around the Gorakhnath temple.

Note that on several occasions the propaganda website The Wire had spread fake news to smear the image of the Modi government and the Hindus.