Agra, June 14: The workers of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad created a ruckus and vandalized the western entrance to the historic, Mughal-era World Heritage Site Taj Mahal in Agra on Sunday, June 10 but even after four days Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has not issued any statement on this shocking incident.
A group of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members vandalized the western gate of the Taj Mahal on Sunday alleging that the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is blocking the way to a 400-year-old Shiva temple while constructing a closed area for the Taj Mahal.
According to the reports, 20 to 25 people attacked the western gate of the entrance to the World Heritage Site Taj Mahal in Agra and uprooted it.
Several reports emerged after a video footage of the incident shows the members of the Hindutva organization VHP allegedly vandalized and removed a 10×11 feet steel gate with hammers and iron rods installed at the western entrance of the Taj Mahal (on Basai Ghat) by the Archaeological Survey of India.
The gate reportedly blocked access to the Siddheshwar Mahadev temple, located 350 metre away from the western gate.
“The temple is 400 years old and has been in existence prior to Taj Mahal. So there is no logic in blocking passage to the temple. But ASI officials did not heed to our requests,Till around 15 years ago, there used to be satsang at the Saheli ka Burj on the western gate but it was stopped. Dussehra fair was also stopped near Taj Mahal. Earlier people used to celebrate Amla Nawami here inside the Taj Mahal premises near an Amla tree. That tree was also cut down by the ASI,” Indian Express quoted VHP Brij Prant Vishesh Sampark Pramukh Ravi Dubey
“The temple is 400 years old and has been in existence prior to Taj Mahal. So there is no logic in blocking passage to the temple.