No need to offer prayers at Taj Mahal, India Supreme Court says

Published: July 9, 2018
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Taj Mahal. PHOTO: REUTERS

Taj Mahal. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Indian Supreme Court on Monday barred ‘outsiders’ from offering prayers at Agra’s fabled Taj Mahal complex, Times of India reported.

The apex court said the Taj, one of the seven wonders of the world, had to be preserved. There is no need to offer prayers at the site, the top court said.

Taj Mahal vandals

Earlier on January 24, Agra authorities ordered only locals bearing valid proof of identity be permitted to offer Friday prayers at the World Heritage Site. The directive was issued to ensure foolproof security at the complex. The apex court was then moved against the order.

District authorities handed down the instructions after receiving complaints regarding individuals not ordinarily resident in Agra sneaking into the site on pretext of offering Friday prayers. The tourist magnet remains closed for public on the traditional Muslim rest day.

 

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Gulzar Sm
    Jul 9, 2018 - 5:59PM

    Why Indian Supreme Court (ISC) has forbidden to say prayers in the Taj Mahal? Was it constructed by father of the judges of ISC? We, the Muslim are coming to Agra after conquering Kashmir via Delhi and we would settle all the issues which are arisen by Hindus from time to time since 1947. Please wait for us a bit!Recommend

  • hfpta
    Jul 9, 2018 - 8:16PM

    @Gulzar Sm:
    Keep on dreamng india will break terroristan into 5 more country.Recommend

  • Shah Alam
    Jul 9, 2018 - 9:03PM

    @Gulzar Sm: Before worrying about Kashmir or Taj Mahal worry about Pakistan where Forex reserves are empty, there is lack of water and Chinese are buying K-electric, KSE and full take over of PIA, Pakistan steel Mills and of course Gwadar are next on their shopping listRecommend

  • Pritish
    Jul 10, 2018 - 8:49AM

    Gud decision Recommend

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