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Hidden secrets of Taj Mahal

Updated on March 1, 2014

Symbol of love - Love of Lord Shiva and parvati

Yes Taj Mahal is a symbol of love of God Shiva and parvati much before it became a symbol of love of Shahjahan and Mumtaz. Shiva got the power of love from Shakti which is Parvati and Shiva's wife.


Taj Mahal or Tejo Mahalaya

Taj Mahal or Tejo mahalaya - The world knows that Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built Taj mahal in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who was his third wife. This is the reason why Taj mahal is known as the symbol of love. It took long time of 22 years to built Taj Mahal in the seventeenth century with the help of 20,000 craftsmen and artisans who were brought from not just India but all over the world. Taj Mahal is made up of white marble and semi precious stones and was designed by Ustad Ahmed lahauri who was from Iran. Another thing the world knows is that Taj mahal is one amongst the seven wonders of the world and in 1983 became UNESCO world heritage site. As a student we read all this in our history books and we believed that this was true until i read about Professor.P.N.Oak's challenge, BBC reports and many more information and pictures which can be seen on internet. It increases our curiosity when we come across such information after so many years on a world famous monument.

Prof. P.N.Oak

Yes I also believed the same story i had read and heard but my viewpoint changed when i read about Professor P.N.Oak's challenge and his book TAJ MAHAL: THE TRUE STORY. Purushottam Nagesh Oak, MA, LL.B was an Indian history writer, a journalist and also a freedom fighter. In 1964 he founded 'Institute for Rewriting Indian History' and also wrote 'Some missing chapters of world history'.According to Professor Oak Taj Mahal is actually an ancient Hindu temple of Lord Shiva and a rajput palace known as Tejo Mahalaya which was a well known place much before Shah - jahan's time. It was a temple dedicated to lord Shiva and worshipped by the rajputs of Agra.

Wrongful Possession by Shah-jahan

The palace was a wrongful possession by Shah Jahan from then The Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. Shah Jahan in his own Badshahnama admits that he has taken a beautiful mansion from Maharaja Jai Singh for Mumtaz burial. Maharaja was asked to surrender the palace so it was a forceful possession by Shah Jahan. Besides this there were many documents and researches which proves that Taj was a very old building then Shah Jahan's era. Carbon dating tests of the samples collected from the doorway of Taj proved that the doors were 300 years old. Second is the European Traveler Johan Albert Man delso who visited Agra in 1638 which is after seven years of Mumtaz's Death describes the life of the city in his 'Voyages and travels to West Indies' makes no reference of Taj under construction as it is believed that Taj was built from 1633-1653.

Some important facts by P.N.Oak

Oak further mentions that Peter Mundy an english visitor to Agra in 1632 mentions that Taj Mahal was a well known building before Shah-jahan's time.

Second important factor that Oak mentions is the name 'Taj Mahal' which is known to be derived from Mumtaz Mahal's name. Mumtaz name was Mumtaz-ul-zumani and not Mumtaz Mahal. And second he claims is the omission of first three words Mum from the name Mumtaz and to use the rest 'Taj' for the building, which is ridiculous.

Moreover the word Mahal is not used in any of the Muslim countries buildings and Mahal means a grand mansion or palace and not a burial place.

Prof. Oak also mentions many architectural inconsistencies in Taj Mahal, he asserts that it has a head less statue of Lord Shiva and many rooms have been purposely closed and not accessible to public.

Many traces and symbols reflects that it was a Hindu temple like the pinnacle which is used in Hindu temples with 'Kalash' in the center, he claims that many traces and hindu symbols were removed from the Taj including th shiva lingham which can be found in the closed chambers of Taj.

According to Oak Mumtaz mahal was not buried in her Centotaph.Prof.Oak even demanded the Indian parliament to open the sealed rooms of Taj and the Centotaph to find the Shiva lingham and other Hindu traces and to declare Taj as a Hindu monument. But the Indian government refused his petition respecting the dead and also fearing hindu-muslim tension that this can create. His books were withdrawn from the bookstores and was also threatened. In the year 2000 his petition was dismissed by the Supreme court.Anyone has the right in his or her mind to discredit Oak's findings or to support him. But his research is great, evidences are abundant, evidences makes me believe that what he said was right. At least the closed and sealed chambers can be checked under supervision of government officials. Prof. Oak died in 2007, and this secret still remains a secret and will for ever.



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      sharan gull 4 years ago

      Has the Indian govt ever tried to open the sealed rooms of Taj Mahal???

      How many Indians knw abt this??

      I urge al the people who read this to share the secrets of Taj Mahal...

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      Suzanne Day 4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      The Taj Mahal is indeed amazing up close. I haven't been there, but I've heard that it is difficult to capture the majesty and the golden colour properly in photos and that when you go, the sun shining on it bedazzles. Voted interesting!