The Taj Mahal, one of the most famous landmarks in India, has been in the news recently for a number of reasons, both for historical and tourist purposes.
Recently, the beautiful white-marble structure has been in the news as a petition was filed to open “closed rooms” on the premises and conduct an inquiry to ascertain the presence of idols of Hindu deities.
The petition was dismissed by the Lucknow High Court.
While the petitioner, Mr Rajneesh Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) media in charge of Ayodhya district, wants to approach the Supreme Court, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has released photographs of some of the said “closed rooms”. , These photos are in the public domain and can be used by all.
ASI officials have also stated that the rooms below the main structure of the Taj Mahal are not always closed, and “the various records and reports reviewed so far do not show the existence of any (Hindu) idols”.
Photos of the open basement rooms have been released and the area’s ASI Superintending Archaeologist Mr Raj Kumar Patel has said that the photos show restoration work and are “for all to see” on the ASI website. One can access the photographs through the ASI newsletter available online.
Recently, BJP MP Divya Kumari, granddaughter of Maharaja Man Singh II, the last ruler of Jaipur, claimed that the Taj Mahal was built on land that belonged to the royal family of Jaipur.
She has also been supporting the petition to open the closed rooms of the Taj Mahal.
His claim has been refuted by notable historians including Ira Mukhoti and Rana Safavi, who have expressed that the land was “not annexed”.
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Rana Safvi also took to social media and said, “When Raja Jai Singh was ready to donate the land for free, four Havelis were given by Shah Jahan in exchange for Raja Man Singh’s haveli.
This decree is kept in the collection of cloth doors in the City Palace Museum.
Now, with the release of the said photographs in the public domain by the ASI, many controversies surrounding the Taj may be put to rest.