Never say Taj Mahal is a Tomb, says BBC

One of my old colleagues, Sudarshan Bharatiya sent me a mail today on Taj Mahal. Indeed, it was an interesting revelation and the pictures with the text made it much more worth to save and share the mail.

IS HISTORY JUSTIFIED??? ??

BBC says about Taj Mahal — Hidden Truth – Never say it is a Tomb.

Aerial view of the Taj Mahal
Aerial view of the Taj Mahal
The interior water well
The interior water well
Frontal view of the Taj Mahal and dome
Frontal view of the Taj Mahal and dome
Close up of the dome with pinnacle
Close up of the dome with pinnacle
Close up of the pinnacle
Close up of the pinnacle
Inlaid pinnacle pattern in courtyard
Inlaid pinnacle pattern in courtyard
Red lotus at apex of the entrance
Red lotus at apex of the entrance
Rear view of the Taj & 22 apartments
Rear view of the Taj & 22 apartments
View of sealed doors & windows in back
View of sealed doors & windows in back
Typical Vedic style corridors
Typical Vedic style corridors
The Music House--a contradiction
The Music House–a contradiction
A locked room on upper floor
A locked room on upper floor
A marble apartment on ground floor
A marble apartment on ground floor
The OM in the flowers on the walls
The OM in the flowers on the walls
Staircase that leads to the lower levels
Staircase that leads to the lower levels
300-foot-long corridor inside apartments
300-foot-long corridor inside apartments
One of the 22 rooms in the secret lower level
One of the 22 rooms in the secret lower level
Interior of one of the 22 secret rooms
Interior of one of the 22 secret rooms
Interior of another of the locked rooms
Interior of another of the locked rooms
Vedic design on ceiling of a locked room
Vedic design on ceiling of a locked room
Huge ventilator sealed shut with bricks
Huge ventilator sealed shut with bricks
Secret walled door that leads to other rooms
Secret walled door that leads to other rooms
Secret bricked door that hides more evidence
Secret bricked door that hides more evidence
Palace in Barhanpur where Mumtaz died
Palace in Barhanpur where Mumtaz died
Pavilion where Mumtaz is said to be buried
Pavilion where Mumtaz is said to be buried

NOW READ THIS…….

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 the 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 Oak discovered that the Shiva temple palace was usurped by Shah Jahan from the then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh.

In his own court chronicle, Badshahnama, Shahjahan admits that an exceptionally beautiful grand mansion in Agra was taken from Jai Singh for Mumtaz’s burial.

The ex-Maharaja of Jaipur still retains in his secret collection two orders from Shahjahan 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 at least 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 Shahjahan is a fairy tale created by court sycophants, blundering historians and sloppy archaeologists. Not a single royal chronicle of Shahjahan’s time corroborates the love story.

Furthermore, Oak cites several documents suggesting the Taj Mahal predates Shahjahan’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 few samples from the riverside doorway of the Taj. Carbon dating tests revealed that the door was 300 years older than Shahjahan.

European traveller 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 Shahjahan’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 rather than a mausoleum. Many rooms in the Taj Mahal have remained sealed since Shahjahan’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 tried 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 Mahal under the UN supervision and let international experts investigate.

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