A tourist from West Bengal was detained from praying in the gardens of the Taj Mahal, police said on Friday.
The incident took place on Saturday when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel on duty observed the tourist spreading his prayer rug, prompting intervention to prevent the religious ritual.
Prince Vajpayee, senior conservation assistant at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), said: “A video surfaced on Thursday and after verification it was confirmed that a tourist from West Bengal was preparing for prayer by unfurling his prayer rug in the Taj Mahal garden to perform ‘prayer’.”
Central Industrial Security Force personnel immediately responded to the incident.
“The tourist was escorted to the control room where he expressed his ignorance that ‘prayer’ was prohibited at the Taj Mahal. He then offered a written apology and was allowed to continue his visit. Prince Vajpayee explained that the actual prayer was not performed and the tourist was informed followed the rules.
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