People React As Petition Filed To Open Taj Mahal’s Rooms & ‘Check For Hindu Idols’

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You know how you’re sitting just fine and everything appears to be in its place and you think you know everything, but then everything falls undone and you’re just as confused and disoriented as before?

That’s where we were when we heard the shocking news that a BJP member had petitioned the Allahabad court to open the closed doors of India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal, to check for the existence of Hindu idols.

To put things in perspective, certain Hindutva historians have been arguing for months that the Taj Mahal predates Shah Jahan and was built far before Mughal reign in India.

Rajneesh Singh, who is in charge of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s media bureau in Ayodhya, filed the petition. “Around 20 rooms at the Taj Mahal are closed and no one is permitted to enter,” his lawyer, Advocate Rudra Vikram Singh, told Hindustan Times. It is thought that these rooms contain Hindu god statues and scriptures.”

The petition further stated that the Taj Mahal is actually an antique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva known as the Tejo Mahalaya. He even claimed that opening and examining a few doors would be harmless and would end the debates.

The petition has sparked outrage and division on the internet, with people arguing both for and against it.

Where one user wrote, “Why are bhakts so jealous of #TajMahal ? First they claimed it was a temple, and when it got debunked, they come up with a new story?”, another one commented, “This information about Taj Mahal is an open secret among Archaeologists & Historians. They hv been forced to keep quiet, especially after Babri Masjid demolition that such a beautiful monument will be destroyed.”

“It is stated that Taj Mahal was called after the name of Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal,” he writes in his petition. However, in many books, Shahjahan’s wife is referred to as Mumtaz-ul-Zamani, not Mumtaj Mahal. Furthermore, the idea that the construction of a mausoleum takes 22 years to complete is beyond belief and completely ludicrous.”

“It is humbly suggested that as Taj Mahal is an old landmark, and crores of dollars are being invested in its upkeep, the correct and entire historical facts concerning the monument should be provided to the public,” it continues.

After the petition has been approved by the registry, it will be forwarded to the court for a hearing.