The marble mausoleum and originally a Hindu temple Taj Mahal has finally got place in the list of of pride in the 2018 calender brought out by the Uttar Pradesh government.
The seventeenth century compositional wonder is incorporated into the period of July in the timetable brought out by the State data office. Likewise finding a place in the timetable is the Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur. The Gorakhnath Mutt is spoken to by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Apart from carrying images of important heritage and tourist spots of the state, the calender mentions the well known BJP slogan of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas — UP government ka satat prayas.’ The pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the CM also feature in the calender conspicuously.
Taj Mahal has recently been in the focus of discussion with BJP MLA Sangeet Som questioning the monument’s place in India’s heritage, focusing that history would be re-written to delete Mughal emperors from it. Mr. Som’s remarks came soon after Yogi Adityanath government apparently excluded the Taj Mahal from an official tourism booklet.
“Many people are pained to see that the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of places (tourist destinations). What type of history?” Mr. Som recently posed in a statement.
The BJP had separated itself from the remark saying it was Mr. Som’s personal view and the party had nothing to do with it.
Following media reports, the State government had issued a press release stating, “Tourism projects worth ₹370 crore are proposed, under which schemes worth ₹156 crore for development of parks and various facilities are meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra.”
The CM also stated that “It is immaterial as to who and how Taj Mahal was built...it was made by the saputs (sons) of Bharat Mata through their khoon and pasina...it is famous the world over for its architecture...is a historical monument and its protection and further development for tourism is the responsibility of the government.”
He also said that he will visit the historical monument and the Taj city of Agra on October 26 to review the tourism schemes there.
Prayagraj Triveni Sangam (Allahabad), Ram ki Paudi (Ayodhya), Barsane ki Holi (Mathura), Gurudwara Nanakmattha Saheb (Pilibhit), Devgarh Jain temple (Lalitpur), Sarnath Stupa (Varanasi), Rani Jhansi ka Kila (Jhansi), Sri Krishna Janmsthan temple (Mathura), Vindhyachal trikon darshan (Mirzapur) and Kanshi Vishwanath temple (Varanasi) also find a place in the calendar.
-With PTI inputs.