BJP leader Vinay Katiyar said Taj Mahal was Lord Shiva’s temple called ‘Tejo Mahal’ which was converted into a mausoleum by Shahjahan.
Since Taj Mahal is now very famous as one of the wonders of the world, he doesn’y support the idea of demolishing it to rebuild the Shiva Temple.
“It was Tejo Mahal, Lord Shiva’s temple, where Shahjahan buried his wife and turned it into a mausoleum. 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.
Katiyar who had been in the forefront of the Ram temple movement of Ayodhya.
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.