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Monday, August 08, 2005

Too Many Heirs Want Share of Tomb

From the Chicago (Ill.) Tribune:

Taj Mahal entangled in love heptagon

By Kim Barker
Tribune foreign correspondent
Published August 8, 2005

AGRA, India -- For hundreds of years, the Taj Mahal has been the symbol of true love, a monumental valentine from an emperor to his dead wife that took more than 20 years and 20,000 people to build.

But now, as with many true loves and good intentions, the Taj has ended up in court. The white marble mausoleum, one of the most recognizable monuments in the world, is the subject of a bitter custody dispute.

At last count, six parties claimed to own the Taj instead of the government.

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. . . a self-proclaimed prince, armed with genealogical charts, says the Taj belongs to him.

In a darkly romantic gesture appropriate to the Taj, the wife of another purported descendant of the king's Mughal dynasty has threatened suicide over the whole mess.

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See also Indian Pauper Inherits Taj Mahal.

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