Now Can This Be Believed About The TAJ MAHAL??

Dear readers, Recently, the "Taj Mahal" was voted amongst the 'New Seven Wonders of the World' through popular voting met... thumbnail 1 summary
Dear readers,

Recently, the "Taj Mahal" was voted amongst the 'New Seven Wonders of the World' through popular voting methods.

People all over the world count 'Taj' as an architectural masterpiece built by an ancient Indian ruler (Shah Jahan) in memory his wife (Mumtaz Mahal). We all have read & heard of this monument being a true symbol of love and compassion.

But, since past some time, a mail about this architectural beauty is doing rounds in the web-sphere claiming something different about its entity and history involved.
Now can this be believed upon to any extent???


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No one has ever challenged the history of Taj Mahal except Prof. P. N. Oak, who believes the
world doesn't know the exact history surrounding this wonderful piece of architecture.

In his book--- "Taj Mahal: The True Story", Prof. Oak says the Taj Mahal was originally 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 the then ruler- Shah Jahan from then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. In his own court chronicle, The Badshahnama,
Shah Jahan is beileved to admit 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 Shah Jahan for surrendering the Mahalaya building.

Prof. Oak ascertains that using captured temples and mansions as a burial place for dead courtiers and royalty was a common practice among Muslim rulers. And as a matter of fact, Humayun, Akbar, Etmud-ud-Daula and Safdarjung are all buried in such acquired mansions only.

Prof. Oak's suspicion and inquiries began with the name of Taj Mahal. He emphasizes that the term "Mahal" has never been used for a building by any Muslim ruler in any part of the world history.

He ascertains, "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. Secondly, one could not omit the first three letters 'Mum' from a royal 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. Prof. Oak
also says the love story of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan was nothing but a fairy tale created by court sycophants, blundering historians and sloppy archaeologists. He backs this fact by mentioning that not even 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 Lord Shiva, worshiped 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 Shah Jahan. European traveler Johan Albert Mandelslo, who visited Agra in 1638 (only seven years after Mumtaz's death), describes the life of the city 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 rather 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 tried to have Prof. Oak's book withdrawn from the bookstores, and threatened the Indian publisher of the first edition dire consequences.

So shall not the concerned authorities open the sealed rooms of the Taj Mahal under U.N. supervision, and let international experts investigate?

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WONDERING IF THIS ISSUE IS WORTH A DISCUSSION & INVESTIGATION, OR NOT?

A FEW OF THE FILE PICTURES ARE REPRODUCED HEREUNDER...



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


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