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Taj Mahal is not a Hindu temple: Government tells Lok Sabha

Culture minister Mahesh Sharma told Lok Sabha on Monday that the government has not found any evidence that the Taj Mahal in Agra was a Hindu temple.

The reply came in the wake of the recently filed lawsuit which claimed that the Taj Mahal was originally a Shiva temple. It was also demanded that the ownership of the monument be transferred to Hindus and Muslims be restricted from offering prayers at the location.

According to media reports, Sharma said that the government is aware of the suit.

Earlier, the Archaeological Survey of India too had dismissed the claims that the 17th century Mughal monument is a Shiva temple.

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