New Delhi: In response to a suit filed in an Agra court by six advocates, at the Court of Civil Judge, Agra contending that Taj Mahal is a temple palace ‘Tejo Mahalaya’ and the seat of Lord Agreshwar Mahadev Naagnatheshwar and the property belongs to the diety, the Central government has stated that the claim is “concocted”, “self-built” and “manufactured” and adding to it, it also stated that Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Arjumand Bano Begum known by the name Mumtaz.
They had stated that the suit is being filed to assert the right of ‘Darshan’, ‘Pooja’ and performance of all the rituals.
“ That the “Agreshwar Mahadev Naagnatheshwar” temple in the present form was constructed by Raja Paramardi Dev in (1212 Twelve Hundred Twelve) ‘Vikram Samvat’ i.e. 1155-56 (Eleven Hundred Fifty Five-Fifty Six) AD and the temple since then was named “Tejomahalaya” with Lord “Shri Agreshwar Mahadev Naagnatheshwar Virajmaan” as the “Deity” and is being worshiped in His manifest form of ‘Shivlinga’. The devotees while visiting the place religiously perambulated the Deity, a practice which continues till date.
That the property in suit later came under control and management of ‘Raja Maan Singh’, the then Maharaja of Jaipur. In 17th (Seventeenth) Century the property in suit was being held and managed by ‘Raja Jai Singh’, the grandson of ‘Raja Maan Singh’, on behalf of the Deity and the devotees.”
The plaintiffs claimed that Mughal ruler Shah Jahan had usurped the Tejo Mahalaya’ palace from ‘Raja Jai Singh’ for converting the same into a memorial of his late wife, Mumtaz and had also opposed Muslims offering Namaz within the property.
However, the centre stated that structure was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his queen Arjumand Bano Begum known as Mumtaz. Calling the plaintiff’s version a concocted, self-built story, the counter says that “The concocted and self-built story of the plaintiffs has no legs to stand as stated by the plaintiffs that the suit property was usurped and taken by the King Shah Jahan from Raja Jai singh since as per the records available, the said property was taken in lieu/ exchange of other properties given to the Raja in turn…”
Lastly, the centre also stated that muslims offer Namaz in a mosque nearby which is separate from Taj Mahal and that the plaintiffs have approached the court without clean hands and attempted to let down the image of the nation and public at large.
Sources : Bar and Bench