Activists Arrested For Chanting Shiv Chalisa At Taj Mahal, Days Ahead Of Yogi Visit

| October 24 , 2017 , 11:32 IST

Days ahead of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's maiden visit to the Taj Mahal after becoming CM, a group of activists from two Hindu outfits were arrested from the premises of the Taj Mahal as they recited the 'Shiv Chalisa', claiming that the mausoleum was originally a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Although several have made claims that the Taj Mahal was originally a Shiva temple named Tejo Mahalya and was taken over by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and converted into a mausoleum for his late wife, few have actually attempted to use the monument as a temple.

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The youth activists belonging to the Rashtra Swabhimaan Dal (RSD) and Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) who were reciting the Shiv Chalisa at the Taj Mahal were taken away by CISF personnel deployed at the spot and handed over to the local police.

The youths were later released after they submitted a written apology.

The Taj Mahal, one of the 7 Wonders of the World and the only one from India,  has been perceived to have been slighted by the Yogi Adityanath-led government after it was excluded from the UP state tourism booklet, leading to controversy. A statement from BJP's Sardhana MLA Sangeet Som regarding the Taj Mahal, claiming that it should have no place in history as it was built by 'traitors' increased the controversy.

In an attempt for damage control, UP CM Yogi Adityanath spoke out regarding the importance of the Taj and has planned to visit the Taj Mahal on October 26 to review various tourism schemes in Agra.