The under-construction Mughal Museum, which is now more likely to be named after the nice Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, stands about 1,300 metres east of the Taj Mahal, watching for price range for its crowning glory.
Consistent with historians, Shivaji as soon as visited Agra all the way through the reign of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
There are quite a lot of theories round what happened all the way through that seek advice from. The most well liked one is that Shivaji was once arrested and stored in a prison inside the Agra Castle however controlled to cover himself in a basket of culmination and escaped. The ASI had additionally tried to spot the prison the place Shivaji was once stored. There could also be a statue of Shivaji on the gate of Agra Castle to mark this incident.
Retired head of the dep. of historical past at St John’s School, Dr RC Mishra, then again, had a unique view however admitted that Shivaji got here to Agra all the way through the reign of Aurangzeb and camped clear of Agra Castle at a location close to provide Gwalior Highway.
“Aurangzeb had taken Shivaji as hostage in his camp. It’s mentioned that Shivaji bribed the guards on accountability and escaped,” mentioned Dr Sharma. He mentioned Mughal Museum was once the precise identify. There was once no sense in naming the museum after Chhatrapati Shivaji.
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On April 17, 2017, the Agra airport was once named as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport. Any other call for that has been raised over and over is to call Agra as ‘Agravan’ after Maharaja Agrasen. BJP MLA from Agra (North) overdue Jagan Prasad Garg had moved this proposal and the historical past division of Dr BR Ambedkar College was once running to track the hyperlinks between Agra and Maharaja Agrasen who is way respected by way of the Agarwal neighborhood.
On the other hand, there was once no call for to call the museum after Shivaji and so the announcement about identify exchange took many by way of marvel.
“It was once a protracted pending call for of the tourism sector to have a grand museum within the Taj town. The present museum at the Taj Mahal premises has didn’t serve the aim and isn’t visited by way of vacationers,” mentioned Rajeev Saxena, vp of the Tourism Guild of Agra.
“The vacationers coming to Agra and visiting Mughal length monuments have been not able to connect to the chronology of the Mughal dynasty. Therefore this museum was once visualized to lead them to conscious about Mughal hierarchy, structure, artwork, craft, weaponry, manuscripts and cash throughout the Mughal Museum,” mentioned Saxena.
“This Mughal Museum was once additionally geared toward expanding evening keep of visitors as an added appeal. The theory of the then leader minister Akhilesh Yadav was once to present an international popularity to this museum. Provision was once made for appearing arts on the museum’s artwork gallery and a way hall. It was once designed by way of David Chipperfield or even overseas vacationers visiting Agra used to invite when this Mughal Museum can be open for vacationers,” he mentioned.
“In recent times, it was once additionally determined to include Braj artwork and tradition in it. Now, the museum’s identify is to be modified and because this the federal government’s choice, we can’t do a lot. On the other hand, what’s necessary is that it will get finished and serves the aim,” mentioned Saxena.
Shamshuddin, president of Authorized Vacationer Information Affiliation, dubbed the identify exchange as a ‘political transfer’. “Chhatrapati Shivaji had a hook up with Agra Castle the place his statue is positioned. There’s no attach of the Maratha king with Agra past that. So converting the identify isn’t the best choice,” he mentioned.
Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee member Dr Madhurima Sharma too smelt politics in the back of the identify exchange. “The state executive isn’t liberating price range wanted however is indulging in identify exchange for political achieve,” she mentioned.
On the other hand, BJP state secretary Vijay Shivhare mentioned the verdict was once justified. “The Mughals got here and dominated us so there is not any good judgment calling it ‘Mughal Museum’,” he mentioned.
The museum, being built by way of the UP tourism division, was once visualized by way of former Samajwadi Birthday party leader minister Akhilesh Yadav in 2015. He laid the root stone in 2016 with the objective to get it finished by way of 2017 with the challenge value of Rs 141 crore.
To start with, the paintings went on at a gradual tempo however later each investment and paintings have been hit, extra so because of Covid-19-induced lockdown. Many within the town had forgotten about it until they have been reminded of it on Monday when leader minister Yogi Adityanath introduced to rename it after Shivaji.