Temple or Taj; Shiv Sainiks chant ‘Shiv Chalisa’ in Taj Mahal premises

The controversy surrounding Taj Mahal just does not seem to die. The world famous structure located in Agra has been in the eye of a storm because of the statements of many a saffron party leaders. But now agitations may be the new norm for the Mughal era structure Taj Mahal. A group of activists belonging to two Hindu outfits recited ‘Shiva Chalisa’ on the premises of the Taj Mahal on Monday, claiming that it was originally a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The incident triggered tension at the iconic monument following which they were detained by the police for questioning. The youths, belonging to the Rashtra Swabhimaan Dal (RSD) and Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV), were taken away by CISF personnel deployed there and handed over to the local police.

They were released after they submitted a written apology, reports said.

The incident was reported a week after BJP’s Sardhana MLA Sangeet Som made a controversial remark on the Taj Mahal and said that it should have no place in history as it was built by ‘traitors’.

Som’s remarks triggered a political storm across the country evoking a bitter response from the opposition parties.

In the wake of Som’s criticism, the BJP distanced itself from the controversy, saying it was purely his view.

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