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Court dismisses plea for declaring Taj Mahal a Shiva temple

Taj Mahal a Shiva Temple? Court says no!Agra: A civil court has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Taj Mahal was a Hindu temple and that its ownership should be transferred to the Hindu community.The petition

PTI [ Updated: March 28, 2015 23:40 IST ]
court dismisses plea for declaring taj mahal a shiva temple
court dismisses plea for declaring taj mahal a shiva temple

Taj Mahal a Shiva Temple? Court says no!

Agra: A civil court has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Taj Mahal was a Hindu temple and that its ownership should be transferred to the Hindu community.

The petition was filed in the civil court on Wednesday by Hari Shankar Jain and five others over ownership of the 17th century Mughal monument. The lawyers also made Lord Agreshwar Mahadev a party in their suit to claim the ownership of Taj Mahal.

Lawyer for the plaintiffs Rajesh Kulshreshtra said that the court refused to entertain the petition and dismissed it yesterday.

"We will now approach the Allahabad High Court and we are confident our PIL will be admitted on merit there," Kulshreshtra said.

He claimed that there was substantial evidence to prove that the Taj Mahal was a Shiva temple, dedicated to Lord Agreshwar Mahadev. The suit demanded that the monument's ownership be transferred to Hindus and Muslims be restrained from offering prayers there.  

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