Not Taj Mahal, Not A Tomb

The Taj Mahal, located near the Indian city of Agra, is one of the world’s greatest architectural treasures. The almost supernatural beauty of the Taj Mahal and its grounds transcends culture and history, and speaks with a voice of its own to visitors from all over the world of feelings that are common to all humanity.

There are two stories of how the Taj came to be.

The Taj’s Love Story – History which was written by the “ruler”:

It has been called the most beautiful temple in the world, despite the fact that it was built at the cost of much human life. The Taj Mahal is a real monument of one man’s love for a woman. The story is a sad one, told many times. But it never hurts to tell it again.

In 1631, when his wife died in childbirth, the emperor Shah Jahan brought to Agra the most skilled craftsmen from all Asia and even Europe, to build the white marble mausoleum that is the Taj Mahal. He intended to build a black marble mausoleum for himself, and the link between the two was to be a silver bridge. This fantastic plan suffered a dramatic and permanent setback when the Shah himself died.

tajThe Taj’s Other Story – The forgotten truth buried by the conquerors!:  

If you have ever visited the Taj Mahal then your guide probably told you that it was designed by Ustad Isa of Iran, and built by the Moghul Emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Indian children are taught that it was built in 22 years (1631 to 1653) by 20,000 artisans brought to India from all over the world.

This story has been challenged by Professor P.N. Oak, author of Taj Mahal: The True Story, who believes that the whole world has been duped. He claims that the Taj Mahal is not Queen Mumtaz Mahal’s tomb, but an ancient Hindu temple palace of Lord Shiva (then known as Tejo Mahalaya), worshipped by the Rajputs of Agra city. No one has ever challenged it except Prof. P. N. Oak, who believes the whole world has been duped.

In the course of his research, Oak discovered that the Shiva temple palace had been usurped by Shah Jahan from then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. Shah Jahan then remodelled the palace into his wife’s memorial. In his own court chronicle, Badshahnama, Shah Jahan admits that an exceptionally beautiful grand mansion in Agra was taken from Jai Singh for Mumtaz’s burial. The ex-Maharaja of Jaipur is said to retain in his secret collection two orders from Shah Jahan for the surrender of the Taj building.

The use of captured temples and mansions as a burial place for dead courtiers and royalty was a common practice among Muslim rulers. For example, Hamayun, Akbar, Etmud-ud-Daula and Safdarjung are all buried in such mansions.

Oak’s inquiries begin with the name Taj Mahal. He says this term does not occur in any Moghul court papers or chronicles, even after Shah Jahan’s time. The term ‘Mahal’ has never been used for a building in any of the Muslim countries, from Afghanistan to Algeria.

‘The usual explanation that the term Taj Mahal derives from Mumtaz Mahal is 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 from a woman’s name to derive the remainder as the name for the building.’

rooms closedTaj Mahal is, he claims, a corrupt version of Tejo-mahalaya, or the Shiva’s Palace. Oak also says that the love story of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan is a fairy tale created by court sycophants, blundering historians and sloppy archaeologists. Not a single royal chronicle of Shah Jahan’s time corroborates the love story.

Furthermore, Oak cites several documents suggesting that the Taj Mahal predates Shah Jahan’s era:

• Professor Marvin Miller of New York took samples from the riverside doorway of the Taj. Carbon dating tests revealed that the door was 300 years older than Shah Jahan.
• European traveller 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 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 that the Taj was a noteworthy building long well before Shah Jahan’s time.

entrance brickedOak also points out a number of design and architectural inconsistencies that support the belief that the Taj Mahal is 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 Shiva and other objects commonly used for worship rituals in Hindu temples.

Fearing political backlash, Indira Gandhi’s government tried to have Oak’s book withdrawn from the bookstores and threatened the Indian publisher of the first edition with dire consequences.

The only way to really validate or discredit Oak’s research is to open the sealed rooms of the Taj Mahal, and allow international experts to investigate.


Taj Mahal: The True Story

~ Source: BBC UK

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  • Exactly , how can brutal muslim kings who had always tried to destroy Hindustan culture be ideal for pure ‘Love’ . Impossible. Sanathan samskriti is the greatest of all as we believe in ‘Vasudaiv kutumba’ . Truth must be brought forward.

  • i am a hindu and what has happened has happened . lets not go back to 16th century politics and destroy a wonder of the world. ok it was a shiv temple. so now what ? we destroy it like the babri majid. u pathetic hindus disgust me … why cant we just live in peace and not go about opening a pandoras box .


      This post does NOT say anywhere that TM needs to be changed but the truth should make it into history books otherwise why do we even have that subject to begin with?

      Might as well throw it out the window and forget the past all together along with Hitler, WWI, WWII, crusades, 9/11, India’s freedom struggle and everything along with it…

      And don’t think you are talking to a fanatic Hindu here that’s trying to showcase TM as a Shiv Temple! I am a Sikh myself and like to keep an open mind to information that is readily available out there for everyone to read and understand. Why doesn’t the government open the bricked doors or better yet address hundreds of court cases on the matter that are gathering dust for over 50 years now!

    • Mr Indianfinally—who r u?? whats ur name?? u nerd–dont even get into this forum and dont call urself a hindu…people like u will always b there..there were some gaddars pre-independence and there r some gaddars post independence–u r one of them…when there is some important discussion going on–listen to it carefully–enhance ur knowledge.–

    • He is not an Hindu he is hindu like jodhabai ,wives of shahrukh khan Amir khan who are also hindu but more dangerous than Muslims who try to help in converting Hindus
      You let your mother and sister to concerted into hindu why provoking others.

  • Let me tell you nerd IndianFinally or what ever, may be it don’t matter to you that what ever has been done in past, if some one hurt your family and say oh man its past just forget and move on, live in peace may be you can because you don’t like change whatever is going on just let it be. But all what discrimination and harassments our ancestors had faced you actually don’t care about them. Don’t go too back just remember the english era in India, may be from your point of view there was no need of that struggle for freedom too, Bhagat singh and all others were mad. You shit mind people has ruined this world and because of you we hindu has to face these things. Being Hindu is more Being Human, because we are always taught to have love for all but when someone hurts you then you must fight back as our all Lords did.

  • Why cant government take action on this, are they afraid of losing one of the wonders of the world…Same on us if this is true ,why are we make the other people as fools by telling the fake story….what ever it may be If we have a valid proof why cant we do a inspection on the building and the rooms inside???

  • Its always good to share knowledge… in hope that everybody can think with a truly open heart…. but dont you think there might be a reason for the government or whoever it was to decide to keep it locked..?? like my friend himmy, who shows so much hatred, in his post… who is still not ready to forgive and love his fellow people… who wants to do vengeance to maybe his brother’s best friend Aslam just because he thinks this kids ancestors committed crime against his ancestors…??? Knowledge is good… but to people who are worthy of the truth n who can respect fellow human… for others… for the society… the manipulated truth serves best…!!!

  • Truth should not be manipulated…one must accept the truth and follow the rightness. It can be any issue..tajmahal or tejo mahalaya does not make difference to people of India or the world? Why to shy away to face the truth? Whats the point to have ambiguity? Why only in India we have such thoughts? I have not seen anywhere in the world…let us forgive all..lets not act by history but let us put the truth in front of the world…let us respect all..and be respected as well..

  • despite of knowing every reality we still are not able to stand for the truth. the truth had been burried beneath by mugal, then british and then marxist & so called seculars.
    are we so helpless?
    this is not the only case aurangzeb,alaxender, tipu sultan, bangal tragedy, kerala, Goa, aryan invation and many many more, which one is given correctly in our school books?
    our generation has no interest in its own history and that’s shameful, we read the bogus stories in course books and accept that easily.
    we should start research programmes in television like other countries do, to protect our faith, our truth and all of the above our country.

  • There shall be no intention of riots, but any forms of truth has to be proclaimed for public dispute.

  • Aware of this since long, and always done best efforts from myside to spread this. I have read P.N.Oak marathi book on Taj mahal (tejomahalya) long back in 1998. I have personally went Aagra and observed many things written in book. I have visited many constructions in Rajasthaan, MP etc. It is observed that Across India there are a many similarities you will get. It is obvious that all Ancient buildings are built with vedic sthapatya shastra and by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Budhdhist. But surely not by Islam.

  • Islam is the Religion on distruction not Construction. All the Buildings rules of Mugal had Looted from Hindu Kings had given the name of Islamic rulers not the single fort or Building is Constructed by them, you can see this peoples came from Arab world, Nothing is Constructed in Arab, every thing they find in India. They Try to Distroy the Hinduiesm but, due to England Peoples Hindu were saved from the Rulers of Islam.

  • Take it to our PM, true BJP….. Mr Modi… I am sure he will take action 😉

  • Very appreciating attempt to show the truth to everyone.

  • As per the history the Rama’s temple was demolished or modified by the Babar to build “Babri Masjid” on “Ramkot Hill”.
    Dear admin please share the history behind this also…

  • the building is corrupted, cant be restored as Tejo Mahaylaya……it must be demolished…

    • how could u even think of demolishing Taj Mahal. Believe me if I could find you I would kill you..The truth should come in front . We dont demand a conversion of name but the truth must come forward and it will sooner or later but it will.

  • i dont see any love here… but its important to re-write the history books with right information instead of distorted info…

  • i don’t know wat truth holds here. But something I will like to bring to ur notice that may amaze u…
    History told to us about this earth, planet, world, ppl, history n present is all a lie. That u r living in a superficial world where media is still playing the same roll as its done in many years to only and only divert u all from truth. It boils my blood wen ignorant ppl talk of Hindu – Muslim conflicts… Dead brains cells owners… The truth is naked…. As naked as you have to balls to face it. V r by one… Created by 1 but infiltrated… Only if ppl could understand, realise and consider the truth is when harmony can b achieved.
    There r far more bigger lies in our system n our whole existence that Tah mahal being a Muslim property or Hindu would seem like an ant from Sky … Hope u understand wat I mean!!

  • I feel very proud by reading the comment of Mr. Indianfinally because he has covered his cowardice very beautifully by so called seculerism and since he is a Hindu he does not know many things that is happening around him ,just like other Hindus who doesn’t care about their religion ,nation, sanskriti and sanskaar..who only care about their comfort, their life, money making,sex and family.This is the basic reason, I think ,behind the downfall of Hinduism. Then only want to live in their home,work for some company for food and have sex at night before sleep. A very good life in peace without any reason to live. Ok fine,you want to live this life in this way, have you forgot who give this peacefull life to you???? Oh I think you don’t even know it..our ancestors suffered a thousand years of slavery by Muslim Emperors.. was there any peace!!! They looted our country,they detroyed our temples, they burned our holybooks and manuscripts…was there any peace!! After that Britishers ended this slavery. Then we Indians wake up…or u can say Hindus wake up because at that time Muslims became slaves.And revolution arises.. before that we didn’t even know that we were slave. Yes, it is true that what is written in our history is corrupted, it’s a lie, its just what Muslim Emperors want to write in it. We can not blame them because we were slaves but story doesn’t end here..India got freedom,as we all know, in 1947. But Hindus again became slave for next 60 years courtesy Indian National Congress. You can not forget the seperation in 1947,the Kashmir despute, the Emergency period in 1975 the reservation system. Hindu has become alien in his own country only because of this, perticularly this attitude.

  • @indian finally if some one in ur family had been killed or raped by a muslim u would have known the pain ,u suedo secular asshole ,be in peace in ur grave our heritage,culture,wealth,women have been plundered by bloody muslim of that era & even today,u shit ass say we should forget what has happened then will forget if someone in ur family is killed or raped by a muslim u idiot of an ass

  • Clearly Oak’s research points out the very possibility of not only Taj Mahal had been constructed on the top of an ancient Siva temple but they also tell us the deep-seated animosity against Hindu civilization. We should look for further evidence to prove how successful was their booty went on while the invaders marched across the sacred soil of Bharath. The barbaric rulers have also destroyed many Hindu monuments, raped their women, forcibly converted people into Islam. and also made their streets run red with Hindu blood.
    Indian historians are keen to note the architectural marvels of Muguls’ glorious past. But they’re crookedly much biased and malicious to offer a proper account of India of that time or how industrious, peaceful and harmonious were Hindu society in those days.
    Now, going back into history again, we found so many brutal attacks unleashed against Hindu temples by the European missionary groups as military orders were given from the Bull of Rome [ Pope]. Inquisition was one such big campaign that paved the way for mass killings, destruction of many ancient temples, cow slaughtering and of course massive scales of loot and plunder there with. India of that time,was perhaps the most richest among other nations on earth as she possesses tons of gold, pearls, ivory and plenty of natural resources too.

  • I support you “admin” their is no point in fighting because it can not be broken and reconstructed but yes … Our children, our upcoming generation irrespective of their cast or crew deserves to know the right story and for all those who are commenting on Hindu wives of any of the Khan’s AR any Muslim as the matter of fact.. Dude it’s their choice and no body has given you the right to question them ..

  • The following needs to be done to end this controversy once and for all.
    1. If there is a record in the Badshanama, that should be opened to the public.
    2. Sanskriti magazine should try and get the copy of the report of Prof. Marvin Miller that checked the carbon dating of the door instead of merely repeating what is in the book and which has been published a million times over last so many years.
    3. Please get the copy of the writings of Johan Mandelslo and Peter Mundy to keep the mouths shut and to open the case.
    4. Do some investigative journalism and get the pictures of the sealed rooms.

    Do something different. This article has NOTHING new. It’s been circulating since last 30 years or more.