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Taj Mahal is Muslim tomb not Hindu temple, Indian court told

Government archaeologists reject claim the structure was built by Hindus and that they should be allowed to worship there
Claims that the Taj Mahal is a Hindu temple have been made since a 1989 book insisted it was built before Muslim invaders came to India. Photograph: twinsterphoto/Getty/iStockphoto

A court in India has heard testimony from government archaeologists that the Taj Mahal is a Muslim mausoleum built by a Mughal emperor to honour his dead wife – delivering an official riposte to claims it is a Hindu temple.

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