There are many mysteries surrounding the Taj Mahal, the seven wonders of the world. One such mystery is the ’22 locked houses’ below the Taj Mahal. A few days ago, the Hindutva activists of India approached the court requesting to open these houses. However, the court rejected it. Finally, on Monday (May 16), the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) released pictures of those ‘secret’ cells.
At the same time, ASI officials said that there was no privacy in those cells. These are only part of the basic structure. Not only the Taj Mahal, but also such a chamber has been in the architecture of many eras. An example is the tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun.
According to the ASI’s Agra Cell, which is in charge of maintaining the Taj Mahal, the underground houses along the Jamuna River were maintained from December 2021 to February 2022. The pictures were taken at that time. The four published photos were taken last December.
Hindutva groups claim that the Taj Mahal is actually a Shiva temple called ‘Tejo Mahalaya’. Rajneesh Singh, the BJP’s media in-charge in Ayodhya district, had filed the case in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court seeking an inquiry into the “real history” of the Taj Mahal under the supervision of ASI experts. He also demanded the reopening of the 22 long-locked rooms inside the Taj Mahal. On May 12, the Allahabad High Court dismissed the petition.
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