Taj Mahal’s land belong to Jaipur royal family, claims BJP MP

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Jaipur: Bharatiya Janata Party MP Diya Kumari on Wednesday alleged that the land of Taj Mahal belonged to a royal family of Jaipur that was captured by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to build his palace.

“As per documents with us, property (Taj Mahal) on that land was a palace. Shah Jahan captured it during his rulen. The land belonged to Jaipur royal family (erstwhile) and we have got the documents that it belonged to us,” said Kumari. 

“Documents say that since Shah Jahan liked it so he acquired it. I have heard that he gave some compensation in lieu of it. If the court directs we will provide the documents,” she added. 

The statement of Lok Sabha MP from Rajsamand came amid the times when time when a plea has already been filed earlier this month in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. The PIL sought the directions to the Archaeological Survey of India to probe the 22 closed doors in the Taj Mahal to ascertain the presence of the idols of Hindu deities.

The plea sought the constitution of a fact-finding committee and the submission of a report by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It has been said in the petition that the idols of the Hindu deities are locked up behind closed doors.

The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as the tomb of his wife Mumtaz. The constriction of the marble monument began in 1632 and took 22 years to finally be completed in 1653.

The architectural magnum opus was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. 

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:May 11, 2022, 6:42 p.m.

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