In the series of bizarre comments on the Taj Mahal which has suddenly become relevant in the national polity, a Haryana Minister Anil Vij termed the structure as a “beautiful graveyard”.
He went on to claim that this is why none keep a model of the Taj Mahal at their homes as they consider it inauspicious.
It may be recalled that Minister Anil Vij is not new to the controversies. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
The white-marble structure is also the resting place of the Mughal emperor. The world-famous monument has recently been in the crosshairs of controversy with BJP MLA Sangeet Som questioning the monument’s place in India’s heritage, stressing that history would be re-written to erase Mughal emperors from it.
Som’s comments came soon after the Yogi Adityanath government reportedly omitted the Taj Mahal from an official tourism booklet.
After Som’s statement, senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar claimed that the Taj Mahal was actually a Lord Shiva’s temple called ‘Tejo Mahal’ which was converted into a mausoleum by Shahjahan.>