India’s historic Taj Mahal, once a symbol of love in the world, is once again in controversy and hotly debated on social media.
A petition has been filed in the Allahabad High Court asking the apex court to direct the Indian Archaeological Survey (ASI) to open about 22 rooms in the Taj Mahal so that it can be fixed. Whether the Taj Mahal is a building built on an ancient Hindu temple.
According to ANI, the petitioner belongs to the ruling BJP. His name is Rajneesh Singh and he is the BJP’s media in-charge in Ayodhya district of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state.
According to The Hindustan Times, a leading English-language newspaper, Mr Singh said that there were about 20 locked rooms in the Taj Mahal and no one was allowed to enter. It is said that these rooms contain idols of Hindu deities and religious books.
According to ANI, the petition filed in the apex court seeks setting up of a fact finding committee and submission of a report by ASI in this regard.
The petition also cites claims by some historians and Hindu groups that the Taj Mahal is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva.
The petition states that “some Hindu groups and well-known sadhu saints claim that the building is an ancient Shiva temple which is confirmed by some historians, but many historians say that it is the Taj Mahal and the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan has built it. Some people believe that Taj Mahal is one of the magnificent Shiva temples of Teju Mahalia.
According to the petitioner, there are (approximately 22) rooms in the upper and lower floors of the four-storey building of Taj Mahal which are permanently closed and many historians and millions of Hindus are convinced that Lord Shiva is present in these closed rooms. ۔ ‘
In the past too, they have been trying to get information about it through Right to Information (RTI).
It may be recalled that on April 27 this year, a sadhu from Ayodhya tried to enter the Taj Mahal with his followers in order to purify the Taj Mahal from the water of the holy Hindu river Ganges.
According to The Telegraph, Sadhu is 48-year-old Paramahansa Das, a member of Ayodhya’s Tapasvi Chawani (Ashram). They tried to re-enter the Taj Mahal on May 5. He says that this temple of Shiva is Teju Mahalia.
However, he was not allowed to enter because he was carrying a metal stick in his hand. According to the newspaper, a senior police officer from Agra said, “Paramahansa Das wanted to take his stick inside the Taj Mahal. They insisted on performing certain rituals there. Because they refused to comply with the rules, we detained them for damaging the environment. They will be housed at Katham Lake, a government guest house in Sankandra and will be shifted to Ayodhya in a day or two.
It should be noted that carrying sticks and canes inside the Taj Mahal is prohibited
The Hindustan Times has shared a video of Pramahansa Das. He is saying in the video that he has not been allowed to enter the Taj Mahal because of his clothes. Only those wearing hats are allowed there. History is misread. This is not the Taj Mahal, this is the temple of Teju Mahalia Shankar (Shiva).
Audrey Trishky, a professor of history at Newark Rutgers and author of a book on the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, wrote with satire and WhatsApp university hashtag, “The Taj Mahal was actually built by aliens.”
Journalist Rohini Mohan wrote that the Taj Mahal is one of the most researched buildings in the world. This BJP member has filed a petition in the hope that he will find some hidden truth? And without looking at the closed room, he claims that there used to be a Shiva temple there.
Ramana Akhtar, a research scholar at the University of Calcutta, wrote: “The BJP is bent on destroying the seventh wonder of the world.
Many Hindu users say that the Taj Mahal has been built on the Shiv Mandir and they have also posted an imaginary underground image of the Taj Mahal.
Controversy over the Taj Mahal is not new. Earlier, the issue of his property was also raised in the court.
The Sunni Waqf Board said that graves and mosques in the country are legally considered as waqf property and thus the Taj Mahal also falls into the same category.
However, the ASI, India’s archeological department, is currently managing it, while the Shia Waqf Board is also claiming it.
Our correspondent Shakeel Akhtar says that in the new wave of Hindu nationalism in India, the Mughal emperors and their monuments are also subject to hatred. The road named Aurangzeb in Delhi has been renamed. The name ‘Azeem’ used to be written in the textbooks with the name of King Akbar has been removed. Rajput Raja Rana Pratap, who fought Akbar, is now called ‘Great’.
The Uttar Pradesh government has changed the name of a city in the state to Mughal Sarai because it has a Mughal name. The Taj Mahal has also been the target of hatred for some time. As it is an important World Heritage Site, the controversy surrounding it has not gained much momentum.