The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has said that there are no idols in any of the 100 locked rooms in Tajmahal. The statement comes following the allegation of Hindu outfits that there are remaining of the erstwhile Tejomahalaya’ in the locked rooms of the monument.
Earlier, a Hindu activist had filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court seeking the opening up of 22 permanently locked rooms in the Taj Mahal. According to the petition, the Taj Mahal was once a Hindu temple and the idols were still present inside the rooms. The petitioner also alleged that the rooms were locked to make sure that visitors d not see these idols.
‘The rooms are not permanently closed. They were recently opened for conservation work. So far no idols have been found there and there is no mention of them in the documents, ”ASI officials said adding that the number of locked rooms is more than 100, not 22 as mentioned by the petitioner.