American talk show host Oprah Winfrey's visit to the holy city hit a jarring note after her bodyguards got into a scuffle with local TV journalists on Thursday.
Winfrey arrived around 9am and went straight to Ma Dham, a home for widows, along with her entourage comprising two American securitymen and a dozen bodyguards from India.
When photo-journalists, who had been waiting since early morning, tried to enter the premises of Ma Dham, Winfrey's bodyguards resisted them. "Media men and those from TV channels with cameras were manhandled by those in charge of the security of Oprah Winfrey and police had to intervene," said a journalist from a Hindi daily.
"There were some complaints from local media about the highhanded attitude of security men accompanying Winfrey, but the matter was amicably resolved," said Mathura senior superintendent of police (SSP) Prem Gautam.
It was later learnt that the local authorities had sent a report to the state home department that such visits without prior information could cause problems. The scuffle delayed Winfrey's arrival in Agra where she was to shoot at the Taj Mahal. Once again mediapersons began pushing one another to get a better shot of her at the monument.
Those accompanying her said Winfrey was a little irritated but quickly composed herself and tried to be friendly with mediapersons who had been waiting since morning at the site.
She spent more than an hour at Taj while her camera crew captured the marble marvel from various angles for her show.
The sight of Taj left the otherwise articulate Winfrey at a loss for words. "Philosophers and writers have described the beauty of Taj but I don't have words for it."
(With inputs from agencies)