Hindu right-wing groupsÂ in India, notorious for spreading religious fundamentalism and fanaticism across the largest democracy of the World, has again tried to stir up controversy, staking claims to India’s ancient treasures and historical monuments. Their ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Vinay Katiyar on Monday said that Taj Mahal will soon become ‘Tej Mandir’, denoting that they will be destructing this exquisite historicalÂ and ancient monument.
Notorious Hindu religious fanatic groups already have a history of demolishing India’s historic monuments like the Babri MasjidÂ thus inciting religious violence among communities.
When asked about the ‘Taj Mahostav’ being held in Agra, the MP told ANI, “Call it Taj Mahotsav or Tej Mahotsav both are the same things. There is not much difference between Taj and Tej. Our Tej Mandir has been turned into a cremation ground by Aurangzeb. Taj Mahal will be converted into Tej Mandir soon.”
“It is a good thing that a festival is being organised but this Taj Mahal is not the one that existed during the time of Aurangzeb. It was our temple,” he added.
Earlier, Katiyar had said that Taj Mahal was originally a ‘Shiv Temple’.
“It (Taj Mahal) was once a Shiv Temple and a ‘Shivaling’ was also built, which was later removed. There are many other signs that show that Mughal mausoleum is a Hindu Temple,” he had said.
A 10-day long Taj Mahotsav is scheduled to begin in Agra from February 18.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the Governor Ram Naik are expected to be the chief guests during the opening day ceremony of the event.
With inputs from ANI