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Taj Mahal - story behind the scene - A Hidden Truth

Posted by Anuradha Monday, September 15, 2008

BBC says about Taj Mahal---Hidden Truth - Never say it is a Tomb 

Aerial view of the Taj Mahal 

The interior water well 

Frontal view of the Taj Mahal and dome 

Close up of the dome with pinnacle

Close up of the pinnacle 

Inlaid pinnacle pattern in courtyard 

Red lotus at apex of the entrance 

Rear view of the Taj & 22 apartments 

View of sealed doors & windows in back 

Typical Vedic style corridors 

The Music House--a contradiction 

A locked room on upper floor

A marble apartment on ground floor  
The OM in the flowers on the walls 

Staircase that leads to the lower levels  

300 foot long corridor inside apartments 

One of the 22 rooms in the secret lower level  

Interior of one of the 22 secret rooms
Interior of another of the locked rooms  

Vedic design on ceiling of a locked room 
Huge ventilator sealed shut with bricks 

Secret walled door that leads to other rooms 

Secret bricked door that hides more evidence 
Palace in Barhanpur where Mumtaz died
Pavilion where Mumtaz is said to be buried  


No one has ever challenged it except Prof. P. N. Oak, who believes the 
whole world has been duped. In his book Taj Mahal: The True Story, Oak says 
Taj Mahal is not Queen Mumtaz's tomb but an ancient Hindu temple palace of 
Lord Shiva (then known as Tejo Mahalaya ) . In the course of his research O 
ak discovered that the Shiva temple palace was usurped by Shah Jahan from 
then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. In his own court ch ronicle, 
Shah Jahan admits that an exceptionally beautiful grand mansion in Agra 
was taken from Jai SIngh for Mumtaz's burial . The ex-Maharaja of Jaipur 
retains in his secret collection two orders from Shah Jahan for 
surrendering the Taj building. Using captured temples and mansions, as a 
burial place for
dead courtiers and royalty was a common practice among Muslim rulers. 

For example, Humayun,Akbar, Etmud-ud-Daula and Safdarjung are all buried 
in such mansions. Oak's inquiries began with the name of Taj Mahal. He says 

the term " Mahal " has never been used for a building in any Muslim countries 
from Afghanisthan to Algeria . "The unusual explanation that the term Taj
Mahal derives from Mumtaz Mahal was illogical in atleast two respects. 

Firstly, her name was never Mumtaz Mahal but Mumtaz-ul-Zamani," he writes. 
Secondly, one cannot omit the first three letters 'Mum' from a woman's 
name to derive the remainder as the name for the building."Taj Mahal, he 
claims, is a corrupt version of Tejo Mahalaya, or Lord Shiva's Palace . Oak 
also says the love story of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan is a fairy tale cre ated 
court sycophants, blundering historians and sloppy archaeologists Not a 
single royal chronicle of Shah Jahan's time corroborates the love story. 

Furthermore, Oak cites several documents suggesting the Taj Mahal predates 
Shah Jahan's era, and was a temple dedicated to Shiva, worshipped by 
Rajputs of Agra city. For example, Prof. Marvin Miller of New York took a 
samples from the riverside doorway of the Taj. Carbon dating tests revealed 
that the door was 300 years older than Shah Jahan. European traveler Johan 
Albert Mandelslo,who visited Agra in 1638 (only seven years after Mumtaz's 
death), describes the life of the cit y in his memoirs. But he makes no 
reference to the Taj Mahal being built. The writings of Peter Mundy, an 
English visitor to Agra within a year of Mumtaz's death, also suggest the 
Taj was a noteworthy building well before Shah Jahan's time.

Prof. Oak points out a number of design and architectural inconsistencies 
that support the belief of the Taj Mahal being a typical Hindu temple
than a mausoleum. Many rooms in the Taj ! Mahal have remained sealed 
since Shah Jahan's time and are still inaccessible to the public . Oak 
asserts they contain a headless statue of Lord Shiva and other objects 
commonly used for worship rituals in Hindu temples Fearing political 
backlash, Indira Gandhi's government t ried to have Prof. Oak's book 
withdrawn from the bookstores, and threatened the Indian publisher of the 
first edition dire consequences . There is only one way to discredit or
validate Oak's research.. 

The current government should open the sealed rooms of the Taj Ma hal under 
U.N. supervision, and let international experts investigate. 


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