No evidence that Taj Mahal was a Hindu temple

    No evidence that Taj Mahal was a Hindu temple

    Dec 1, Agra: India government has not found any evidence that the Taj Mahal in Agra was a Hindu temple. It rejected the claims by a group of lawyers that the monument was a Hindu temple.

    Mahesh Sharma , Culture Minister, said the government had not found any evidence to support the claim.

    The lawyers filed a petition in a court last year saying that the monument should be handed over to Hindus. Six lawyers belonging to the city of Agra, where the monument is located, had told a court there was "substantial evidence" to prove that the famous monument was originally a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. 

    The Taj Mahal, a 17th Century mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, a Muslim, after his wife's death, attracts about 12,000 visitors a day, BBC news reported.

    The Taj Mahal was completed by Shah Jahan in 1653 as a mausoleum for his third and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child.

    The monument's complex structure of white marble domes and minarets inlaid with semi-precious stones and carvings is considered the finest example of Mughal art in India.

    In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a Unesco World Heritage site and attracts millions of visitors each year.

    The Oslo Times


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