The petition, filed in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, has asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to examine the 22 locked rooms of the Taj Mahal to check for the presence of Hindu idols.
The petition, filed by Rajneesh Singh, BJP media in-charge in Ayodhya said that he was informed in the RTI that 22 rooms have been closed due to security reasons.
Meanwhile, BJP MP Diya Kumari said that the land of Taj Mahal belonged to our descendants. He said that the Taj Mahal was actually the Tejo Mahal Palace which was then occupied by Shah Jahan. Diya Kumari said that if the court orders, then the royal family will also present the documents related to it.
She said that the Jaipur Raj Parivar trust also has land records. This was the land of the dead ancestors. We are also contemplating taking refuge in the court in this matter.
The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. He had commissioned the structure in 1631 and the construction had begun the next year. The marble monument took 22 years and 22,000 workers to be finally completed in 1653.
The plea has claimed that there used to be a Shiv Temple that the Mughal converted into his wife’s mausoleum. The petition also stated, “Some Hindu groups and reputable Saints are claiming this monument as an old Shiv Temple which was converted into a mausoleum by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. Some people also believe that Tejo Mahalaya (Taj Mahal) appears to be one of the Jyotirling i.e. the outstanding Shiva Temples.” Singh said that the Tejo Mahalaya temple palace was built by King Paramardi Dev in 1212 AD on the site where the Taj Mahal now stands.
Historians as well as ASI have refuted such claims about the Taj Mahal’s history. The ASI also filed an affidavit in a court in Agra in 2018 affirming that it was Shah Jahan who had built the marble monument for his wife. The last time the rooms of the Taj Mahal were officially opened in secret was in 1934, but nothing came to the fore.