Aligarh, Mar 19: The Hindu Mahasabha in Aligarh released a controversial Hindu New Year calendar which says that Taj Mahal and holy Muslim site of Mecca, along with several mosques and monuments from the Mughal era, are ‘Hindu Temples’. Also Read - Why Taj Mahal, Agra Fort Not Open to Public Today? List of Historic Monuments to Remain Shut For People
The calendar refers to Taj Mahal as ‘Tejo Mahalaya temple’ and Mecca as ‘Macceshwar Mahadev temple’. On the other hand, the Kamal Maula Mosque in Madhya Pradesh has been called as ‘Bhojshala’ and Gyanvapi Mosque in Kashi has been referred to as ‘Vishwanath temple’. Also Read - Taj Mahal to Remain Shut Due to COVID-19 in Agra Even as Monuments Across India Reopen Today
The Hindu Mahasabha calendar further termed Qutub Minar as ‘Vishnu Stambh’, Atala mosque in Jaunpur as ‘Atla devi temple’ and the demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya as ‘Ram Janam Bhoomi’. Also Read - Unlock 2: With Lockdown Guidelines in Place, Historic Monuments Across India Set to Open For Public Today
Hindu Mahasabha national secretary Pooja Shakun Pandey, while speaking to The Times of India, said that the organisation resolves to make this India a Hindu Rashtra. She also hopes that the government will accept their demand and declare the country a Hindu nation.
She accused the Muslims of turning Hindu religious heritage sites into mosques and pledged to restore their original names. Pandey also added that all the names that have been mentioned in the New Year calendar have been verified by a retired professor from the history department of Varshney College, Aligarh.
Meanwhile, the move has not gone down too well with the Muslims. Imam-e-Eidgah Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahli, who belongs to All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), has termed the claims made by Hindu Mahasabha as baseless. He said that dubbing the holy site of Mecca a Hindu temple is against the spirit of secularism.
Zamirullah Khan, the former MLA from Aligarh, has equalled Pakistan’s Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and the members of Hindu Mahasabha in connection with the matter.