Clarify whether Taj Mahal is mausoleum or temple: CIC to govt

The Central Information Commission has asked the Union Culture Ministry to respond to an RTI plea on whether the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Shahjahan or a Shiva temple gifted to the Mughal emperor by a Rajput king.

The question — forwarded as an alternative narrative of history and the subject of various court cases — which reached the CIC through an RTI plea is now at the culture ministry’s door.

In a recent order, Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said the ministry should put to rest the controversy and clarify doubts about the history of the white marbled mausoleum, considered one of the wonders of the world.

Acharyulu recommended that the ministry give information on its stand on the cases related to the provenance of the Taj Mahal, and on the frequent claims based on historian P N Oak and advocate Yogesh Saxena’s writings.

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