Taj Mahal was built on Hindu temple, says BJP MP Vinay Katiyar

BJP MP Vinay Katiyar alleged the Mughals removed a Shivling and built a mausoleum in its place.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2017 7:33 pm
Taj Mahal, Vinay Katiyar, Taj Mahal controversy, BJP, Sangeet Som, Yogi Adityanath, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar alleged the Mughals removed a Shivling and built a mausoleum in its place. (file photo)

A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said it doesn’t matter who built the Taj Mahal,  Vinay Katiyar, a BJP MP from Kanpur, claimed the Mughal mausoleum was built on a Hindu temple which had once housed a Shivling.

“It was Tejo Mahal, Lord Shiva’s temple, where Shahjahan buried his wife and turned it into a mausoleum,” said, Katiyar who had been in the forefront of the Ram temple movement of Ayodhya.

“It was constructed by Hindu kings, the rooms and carvings there prove that it was a Hindu monument… it has also been termed as one by historian PN Oak,” he said about the Taj.

He said like a Shiva temple, water drips from the ceiling in the Taj Mahal, which is not a case in any mausoleum anywhere and is like that only on a Shivlinga.

“It was a famous monument and was grabbed by Shahjahan,” Katiyar said.

“It was our temple but was made a mausoleum as they had more power. But it is a grand monument and national heritage… people come to see it and so it should be kept safe and secure,” he said.

Katiyar, who is also an accused in the Babri case, said no political meaning should be derived from today’s grand Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya by the Adityanath government.

“The aim is to develop Ayodhya…the effort is to recreate the scene of Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya from exile,” Katiyar said, adding there is no politics behind the function as seen by the opposition.

On the issue of Ram temple construction, Katiyar hoped that the court verdict will come in a year’s time as the hearing is being conducted on a day-to-day basis.

“I hope some way will be found to construct Ram temple or else we can construct it on the lines of Somnath temple…We
will look at the alternatives as options like dialogue or (constructing) on the lines of Somnath temple are open…but we want temple,” he said.

The stone carving work for the first storey is over and that of the second storey is on, he said, adding, “As soon as we get land, we can start construction.”

On Tuesday, Yogi Adityanath said the Taj Mahal was built by the blood and sweat of Indians. “It is not necessary to go into why Taj Mahal was built, who built it, and for what purpose… What is important is that Taj Mahal was built by the blood and sweat of India’s labourers and sons),” he said.

Yogi Adityanath, who had announced a Rs 370 crore development package for Agra, said he would visit the city on October 26 to oversee proposed works.

“Its conservation, promotion for development of tourism, and providing protection and facilities for tourists who visit the monument is the Uttar Pradesh government’s responsibility… we will fulfil our duty,” he added.

Sources told the Indian Express that the chief minister is likely to visit Taj Mahal during his visit.

Meanwhile, Governor Ram Naik also warned not to play politics over Taj Mahal. “The Taj is one of the wonders of the world and
the pride of our country. So don’t drag it into controversies and play politics over it,” he was quoted as saying.

On Sunday, speaking at an event in Meerut, BJP MLA Sangeet Som had questioned the Taj Mahal’s place in history and said his party’s governments at the Centre and state were working to erase the “blot” (kalank katha) of Akbar, Aurangzeb and Babur from history books.

His remarks came days after the Uttar Pradesh government omitted Taj Mahal from a tourism department booklet.

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  1. S
    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm
    Tremendous support for Shahjahan in comments column. Am I reading pakistan express?
      Oct 20, 2017 at 6:21 am
      will this gentlemen produce historical evidence in support of his obnoxious claim? BJP has people in their party totally ignorant of Hinduism leave aside Indian history and still claim to be an experts.God can only save our country!!!
      1. T
        Taqiya Sensor
        Oct 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm
        Which God? Alla or Jesus?
      2. T
        True Indian
        Oct 20, 2017 at 5:24 am
        Vinay Katyal aur Yogi ke history exams hone chahiye. If they pas with 80 marks then only they should be allowed to roam freely. If they fail both should be directed to serve the community with hard labour for 10 years. Unless the pas the exam again they community service should continue. This will make their facts right.
        1. Zen Bhatia
          Oct 20, 2017 at 4:58 am
          Sangeet Som, Vinay Katiyar and Yogi will sure force the 15 crore Muslims to revolt against them after frustrating and getting hurt day and nights by these hard core Hindu Militants, and when that will happen, India will be drowned in to the blood bath from one end to the other. Still there is time for the silent Hindu majority to stand up and stop these communal goons to hijack the unity, freedom and liberty of India.
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            A concerned Indian
            Oct 20, 2017 at 1:08 am
            This nonsense about the fact that Taj Mahal was built where once here was a Hindu Temple has to stop. And although there may be some proof, as some of the commentators here say, what is the point now? This magnificent monument was built more than four centuries ago. Are we going to destroy it just for that reason? Or, are we going to destroy it because it was built by a Muslim king? Oh, come on. If we are to destroy Taj because Shah Jahan built it, then we have to destroy numerous other forts and other buildings built by Mughal kings. And how about the ones built by the British? They were non-Hindus too, and they built some great buildings. Where is this nonsense going to stop? The MLAs making these brainless statements should concentrate instead on serving their cons uencies. And Sangeet Som should play some music -- true to his name -- rather than making silly statements.
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