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Models Asked To Remove Saffron Scarves Before Entering Taj Mahal

Updated on 9 May, 2017 at 3:02 pm By

Is there a dress code for anyone visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra? No. But on their visit to the monument, a group of models were asked to remove their saffron scarves.

 


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The models are representing their respective countries in the 11-day Supermodel International Contest, which started on 12 April.

A part of the incident was captured on video and went viral on social media.

 

According to some reports, the CISF officials at the monument had allegedly asked the contestants not to wear the scarves because they carried Hindu religious symbols and words like ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

 

Twitter users pointed out that the tourist guides at the monument asked the models to remove the saffron scarves.


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The Centre has now ordered a probe.

Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma told PTI, “You can wear anything, whether it is yellow, red or green. There is no restrictions with regard to clothing. There is no guideline from our side. We have set up an inquiry into the matter.”

He admitted that it is possible that a tourist guide or policeman might have asked them to do so which can be confirmed only after a probe.

 

The building on the right of this image is a mosque. WikimediaCommons

The Taj Mahal is not a religious shrine but a tomb of an emperor. This makes the white marble structure historically significant but not religiously significant.

The Taj Mahal complex, however, has a mosque – the western red sandstone building. At the same time, the annual urs (birth anniversary) of Shah Jahan witnesses an offering of a chadar as a symbolic representation of all religions of India.


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According to this report, the chadar procession this year will start from the Hanuman temple.

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