Red Fort was the residence of Mughal emperors for nearly 200 years, until 1857 when British took control over it after theSepoy Mutiny. The history that’s taught to us states that Shah Jahan built the Red Fort by employing Ustad Ahmad Lahauri as the chief architect. But as usual, this is another piece of distorted history.

It is true that Shah Jahan did work on the palace, but it included only a few modifications while the original fort existed from long before. History teaches us that it was built by the Mughal emperor during his tenure from 1639 to 1648 AD. But the following picture is enough to quash this claim –

This photo shows Shah Jahan receiving the Persian ambassador inside the fort in 1628, the very year of Shah Jahan’s accession. This proves that the fort existed before his tenure.

Following picture is another depiction of how the Red Fort was built by a Hindu King –

This picture is from Red Fort’s Khas Mahal which was the King’s main apartment. One can find the royal emblem of its builder King Anangpal in the above picture. It has of a pair of swords laid hilt to hilt curving upwards, the sacred Hindu pot (kalash) above the hilts, a lotus bud and a pair of scales of justice balanced over it. Dotted around are representations of the sun from whom Indian ruling dynasties claimed descent (Surya Vansh). Two small conches are also visible at both sword points that are regarded as sacred in Hinduism.

However, even these blatant signs of Hindu descent are misinterpreted (perhaps purposely) by historians and archaeologists. The two swords laid hilt to hilt curving upward are regarded as an Islamic crescent. The kalash, conches and pair of scales are completely ignored.

Another proof that the palace was of Hindu descent is the above picture that shows the Hindu midday sun (Suryavashidescent) in the arch which has OM designed on both the sides.Would Shah Jahan have had OM inscripted in this manner? All that the Mughals did was to have inscribed urdu inscriptions in gaps on such arches.

Two life size elephant statues on the Delhi Gate (Delhi Darwaza) are more than enough evidence of the fort’s Hindu origin. Decorating structures with elephants is an ancient Hindu tradition meant to signify power, glory and wealth. The same can also be seen by examining the palaces at Gwalior, Udaipur and Kota. This is just another proof that the Red Fort was built by Raja Anangpal in 1060 AD and not Shah Jahan.

This picture is of the doorsof each interior room of Khas Mahal. The door knobs are fashioned as Hindu Mahavants riding elephants. This is a typical Hindu design.

Another evidence –

This picture gives an inner view of the entrance to the so-called Moti Masjid inside the Red Fort.The tablet outside the Masjid claims that the mosque was built by Aurangzeb. But again, this claim is completely unfounded. The reason is that the entrance is of a temple design. The arch between the domes is made of banana bunches that are used in Hindu worship.One can see that on either side above the arch, there are trays holding fruits that are meant as a Hindu offering. Fruit is taboo inside Muslim mosques. Also, naming buildings after gems (moti) is a Hindu custom.

This picture is of the Rang Mahal apartment inside the fort. It shows a temple-like front design with gourd-like domes on either side with the crown at the center surmounted by a canopy. The naming of the apartment as ‘Rang Mahal’ is more than enough proof that the fort is of Hindu origin.

It is a matter of shame and disgust that our glorious and virtually unparalleled Hindu history was first vandalized and desecrated by Muslim rulers, and then historians and archaeologists carried out a second wave of blotching of Hindu memory by propagating that all such majestic structures were ‘gifts’ of Muslim rulers.


Vinayak Jain

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