The Taj Mahal of Agra is also being discussed in connection with the Gyanvapi Masjid-Kashi Vishwanath Temple dispute of Varanasi. An application was filed in the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court regarding the Taj Mahal, which urged the opening of 22 rooms of the Taj Mahal so that it may be determined if there were any idols and inscriptions of gods and goddesses inside?
This ancient monument, built in a unique style of Persian, Indian, and Islamic architecture, is said to be a testament to love. It was built in memory of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz along the banks of the Yamuna. Despite the Taj Mahal‘s beauty, there have been so many disputes surrounding it.
In 1666, Shah Jahan died, but the controversy continued. There were rumors that the Taj Mahal was actually Tejo Mahalaya and was the focal point of the Hindu religion. One such voice has arisen again. A petition has been filed by Rajneesh Singh, media in-charge of BJP in Ayodhya at the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court.
Mansingh’s Palace Logic
The petitioner has asked that the Archaeological Survey of India be allowed to open 22 rooms inside the Taj Mahal to discover whether Hindu sculptures and inscriptions are hidden within. Rajneesh Singh’s lawyer Rudra Vikram Singh says that all travelers who came in 1600 AD mention Mansingh’s palace in their travel descriptions.
It was said that the Taj Mahal was built in 1653 and that Aurangzeb wrote in 1651 that Ammi’s tomb needed to be repaired, on the basis of all such facts now needs to be clarified: what’s inside the 22 closed rooms of the Taj Mahal?
Demand has been made from the High Court that the government should form an ASI and historians fact-finding committee to submit a report on this matter. As soon as this petition was filed, politics erupted. According to Congress, the BJP deliberately diverts attention from important concerns.
It has come to our attention that a few days ago, the Peethadheeshwar Acharya Paramhans of the Ascetic Camp in Ayodhya was also banned from entering the town. The controversy had already deepened when activists of some Hindu parties read Hanuman Chalisa inside the Taj Mahal.
Where did the controversy begin
The controversy over the Taj Mahal began with the publication of the book ‘True Story of Taj’ by historian PN Oak. A lot of claims were made in this book regarding the Taj Mahal being a Shiva temple. A few historians claim the Taj Mahal has 22 rooms under the main mausoleum and the jasmine floors that have been closed.
It is believed that there are stairs up and down the jasmine floor to lead into the basement towards the Yamuna’s edge. An iron net has been placed over these to close them. Until about 45 years ago, access to the stairs was open. This petition has been filed to open the 22 rooms.