Monday, July 09, 2007

Taj Conspiracy

Excerpts from fellow blogger modred1980’s detailed blog Conspiracy theories (My world):

Note: The blogger states facts as they are known and clarifies that “the right to believe it or treat it as a hoax is your purview”. The post speaks of the commonly held knowledge that Taj was built by Shah Jahan, a Mogul Emperor, in memory of his lady love. It is the other theory that is interesting and not often heard. Read on. (Also see, further reading)

Story behind Taj Mahal: Fact or Fiction

The Taj's Other Story

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.

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.

For the complete article follow link.

Further reading:

Taj Mahal is a Hindu temple: Professor P.N. Oak

Was Taj Mahal a Hindu Temple? : The Photographic evidence

Taj Mahal or Tejo-Mahalaya – Media Monitors Network, Faisal Kutty

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