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Taj Mahal Is A Tomb Not Temple, ASI Tells Court

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| August 26 , 2017 , 16:24 IST

Post Union culture ministry's 2015 report about not finding any trace of the temple in Taj Mahal, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has finally asserted in court that Taj Mahal, which is claimed to be a temple, is a tomb and not temple. 

Six lawyers in April 2015 filed a suit in Agra District Court claiming that Taj Mahal is a Lord Shiva temple and requested entry permit for all the Hindu devotees in the premises. The court notified the central authorities and called for an investigation.

Two years after the case was filed, ASI submitted its report on August 24. Court has given plaintiffs an opportunity to submit evidence for their claim in court by the next hearing date, which has been decided to be September 11.

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ASI challenged the plaintiffs' 'locus standi' while arguing about the foundation of Taj Mahal. The monument which was a Muslim establishment from the beginning and has never had any religious offering as claimed.

Any claims made regarding the presence of temple or Shiva linga in Taj Mahal has been denied by the archaeological body. A 1920 notification which was drawn to protect Taj Mahal at that time, worked as the basis for the affidavit presented by ASI in court. 

The affidavit stated, "Historically and even according to records as available there is an ancient monument named as Taj Mahal alone at the bank of river Yamuna at Agra duly declared by the government to be of national importance having gained the worldwide recognition as the 7th wonder of the world. As per available records right from the British period since 1904, the monument Taj was declared a protected monument by notification on December 22, 1920."

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Tejo Mahalaya mandir is claimed to be situated in Taj Mahal, though ASI has denied the existence of name altogether. While urging the court to dismiss the case, the central organization called the whole claim a figment of plaintiff's imagination, having no solid ground.

Lawyer Harishankar Jain and his colleagues have requested in the suit for all the burials under Taj Mahal to be removed and to restrain Muslims from worshipping in the establishment.