ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) tells court Taj is a Tomb and not a Temple– The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) told to a court that the Taj Mahal is a tomb and not a temple. In November 2015, The Union culture ministry had clarified in the Lok Sabha that the said premises has no evidence of any temple. Prior to this in april 2015 a district court in Agra had admitted a suit saying that the Taj Mahal is a Lord Shiva temple. And The Tejo Mahalaya temple builded by Raja Paramardi Dev during the 12th century. Later on it was handed to ‘Raja Maan Singh’ and then ‘Raja Jai Singh’.This suit is filed by six local lawyers. District court had admitted the suit and had issued notices to the Union ministry of culture, home secretary, ASI and central government for their replies.
“A 1920 notification is used to protect the Taj Mahal and here this notification has been made the basis for the filed affidavit or suit.” an official said.
On Thursday The ASI submitted its reply saying Taj Mahal is a Tomb
The Archaeological Survey of India is an Indian government agency attached to the Ministry of Culture that is responsible for archaeological research and the conservation and preservation of cultural monuments in the country. It was founded in 1861 by Alexander Cunningham who also became its first Director-General.
On Thursday The ASI submitted its reply saying Taj Mahal is a tomb not a temple and there was no such evidence in Taj to prove it right.
In 2015 Six lawyers filed a suit in Agra district court. The suit filed by lawyers stated that the Taj Mahal is a Lord Shiva temple or Tejo Mahalaya and Hindu devotees should be allowed inside the premises. At that time district court had admitted the suit and had issued notices to the Union ministry of culture, home secretary, ASI and central government for their stands on this crucial and sensitive issue. As this issue is belongs to Indian Heritage. As well as it is matter of faith of two major communities.
ASI challenged the ‘locus standi’ of the plaintiffs in this matter. ASI argued that while Taj is a Islamic structure, the latter belonged to different religions with no such religious offering intended there ever.
Taj Mahal is an ancient monument that is situated at the bank of river Yamuna in Agra. The government declared that monument has national importance. Taj Mahal recognized as “Symbol of Love” worldwide. It also recognized as 7th wonder of the world.
ASI stated in its affidavit that as per available data and records right from 1904, the monument Taj was declared a protected monument by notification on 22nd December 1920.
It is specifically denied that the name Tejo Mahalaya mandir as stated ever existed at the place of present Taj Mahal and is being misrepresented and misconceived hence not admitted at all.
ASI urged the court to dismiss the petition. In this regard ASI said “contentions of the plaintiffs were without any basis or ground and are “concoction” of plaintiff’s imagination.”