Taj Mahal remains a Muslim tomb, not a Hindu temple, archaeologists tell Indian court; Harry Cockburn; The Independent


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India – Taj Mahal

‘This claim about the Taj is absurd’.

For centuries the Taj Mahal has been recognised as the glittering triumph of Mughal architecture and a flamboyant monument to romantic love.

Commissioned in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the white marble masterpiece in Agra was designed as an epic mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

The main building took 11 years to build, employing 20,000 artisans, as well as an estimated 1,000 elephants.

The history of the building’s construction has never really been in doubt, but despite this, for the second time in the last two decades, an Indian court has had to respond to claims the Unesco World Heritage site was originally a Hindu temple.

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