4 Feb 2024

Petition filed against annual 'Urs' of Shah Jahan held in Taj Mahal


Agra: A right-wing organization named Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) has moved the Agra court to stop the annual 'Urs' of Shah Jahan being held at the Taj Mahal.

The organization has also appealed to the court to stop people from being given free entry into the Taj Mahal to attend the Urs.

The petitioner says that the maintenance of Taj Mahal is the responsibility of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and religious ceremonies should not be conducted in any historical heritage under the responsibility of ASI.

The court accepted the petition and has set March 4 as the date of hearing.

Urs is celebrated every year at the Taj Mahal to remember the day of death of Mughal ruler Shahjahan. This special three-day celebration is to be held from February 6th to 8th this year.

In this case, the petitioner's lawyer Anil Kumar Tiwari said, "ABHM division head Meena Diwakar and district president Saurabh Sharma have filed a petition in the court. A permanent injunction has been demanded against the committee for celebrating Urs."

ABHM spokesperson Sanjay Jat says that this petition has been filed on the basis of an RTI (information sought under Right to Information) which states that neither the Mughals nor the British ever gave permission to celebrate Urs inside the Taj Mahal.

This RTI was given by Raj Kishore Raje, a historian living in Agra city. He had asked the ASI who had given permission to celebrate Urs and offer Namaz inside the premises of Taj Mahal.

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