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How “Tejo Mahalaya” became “Taj Mahal”? Disturbing story of how Shiva temple got converted into a mausoleum

Indian men should learn from Shah Jahan, he unconditionally loved his wife. He built a mausoleum to his wife Mumtaz. In 1631, Shah Jahan’s wife died during childbirth. Due to this, Emperor Shah Jahan brought the most skilled artisans from Asia and Europe and decided to build a mausoleum for her. And it was known as Taj Mahal. He desired to build a black marble mausoleum for himself and link the both with a silver bridge. This wasn’t possible as Shah Jahan died.

Taj Mahal was designed by Ustad Isa of Iran and it took 22 years to build. The construction work was started on 1631 and was completed on 1653 and the number and artisans involved were 20,000 in number.

This is the story which is present in the Indian history textbooks from centuries. Taj Mahal is located near Agra. It is one among the Seven Wonders of the World. Everyone appreciate Taj Mahal’s architectural design. It mesmerizes everyone.

But what if I say that Taj Mahal wasn’t a mausoleum built by Shah Jahan but a Hindu temple which was forcefully acquired from a Hindu king? Liberals and seculars may say that this is the sign of rising intolerance in India.

But let us go by the facts. Yes, the story which was in circulation till date has been challenged by Professor P.N Oak. In his book “Taj Mahal: The True Story” cleared shows how the world is been cheated by framing a fictitious story around the construction Taj Mahal. He says that Taj Mahal is not a Mausoleum built for Mumtaz Mahal but a Hindu temple. Yes, it was a Hindu temple palace of Lord Shiva and was known as Tejo Mahalaya and was worshipped by Rajputs of Agra.

Oak says that Shah Jahan forcefully took the Hindu temple from the then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. Shah Jahan admits in his court chronicle, Badshahnama that he took it forcefully from Jai Singh.

Capturing beautiful buildings and turning it into mausoleum was the common practice followed by the Islam invaders. For example, Humayun, Akbar, Etmud-ud-Daula and Safdarjung are buried in the monuments constructed by Hindu kings.

P.N Oak also says that the real name of Mumtaz Mahal was Mumtaz-ul-Zamani. So he questions how it got the name “Taj Mahal”. Oak also says that the story behind Taj Mahal was completely a fairly tale created by few fake Historians and Archaeologists. But interesting thing is that, if Taj Mahal ( Tejo Mahalaya) was Shah Jahan’s dream project then why didn’t he mention about it in any of the royal chronicles?

Few other points which prove that Taj Mahal was built even before Shah Jahan’s birth:
• New York professor Marvin Miller said that a sample of a door was taken for carbon dating and it proved that the door was 300 years older than Shah Jahan
• European traveller Johan Albert Mandelso had visited Agra in 1638 but he never mentioned about the construction of Taj Mahal.
• Peter Mundy who was an English visitor praises Tajo Mahal for its splendid beauty and also says that it was built well before Shah Jahan.

Few more sentences to justify that it was not built by Shah Jahan:
• The term Taj Mahal is a corrupt form of the Sanskrit term Tejo Mahalay signifying a Shiva Temple. Agreshwar Mahadev i.e., The Lord of Agra was consecrated in it.
• The ending “Mahal” is never a Muslim term because in none of the Muslim countries around the world from Afghanistan to Algeria there is no building known as “Mahal”.
• The tradition of removing the shoes before climbing the marble platform originates from pre Shah Jahan times when the Taj was a Shiva Temple. Had the Taj originated as a tomb, shoes need not have to be removed because shoes are a necessity in a cemetery.
• The ex-Maharaja of Jaipur retains in his secret personal `KapadDwara’ collection two orders from Shah Jahan dated Dec 18, 1633 (bearing modern nos. R.176 and 177) re-questioning the Taj building complex. That was so blatant a usurpation that the then ruler of Jaipur was ashamed to make the document public.
• Had Shah Jahan really built the Taj Mahal as a wonder mausoleum, history would have recorded a specific date on which she was ceremoniously buried in the Taj Mahal. No such date is ever mentioned. This important missing detail decisively exposes the falsity of the Tajmahal legend.
• Even the year of Mumtaz’s death is unknown. It is variously speculated to be 1629, 1630, 1631 or 1632. Had she deserved a fabulous burial, as is claimed, the date of her death had not been a matter of much speculation. In a harem teeming with 5000 women it was difficult to keep track of dates of death. Apparently the date of Mumtaz’s death was so insignificant an event, as not to merit any special notice. Who would then build a Taj for her burial?

Many rooms are still sealed and it is believed that a headless statue of Lord Shiva is hidden in a room. In an appeasement politics, Indira Gandhi government even tried to withdraw the book of P.N oak and threatened its publishers.
Now, Lord Shiva must come to earth and prove the mystery behind this fantastic architectural work.

Source: Sanskritimagazine.com


Vikrant Raj

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