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Old 26th July 2005, 02:32   #1
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Received this in my email so thought i'd share it with you guys


TAJ MAHAL.....the real history!!!!
Real History of "Taj Mahal(?)"


"The Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal
built

the Taj Mahal. It was built in 22 years (1631 to 1653) by 20,000
artisans

brought to India from all over the world! . Many people believe Ustad
Isa of

Iran designed it." This is what your guide probably told you if you
ever visited the Taj Mahal.

This is the same story I read in my history book as a student.



NOW READ THIS.......



No one has ever challenged it except Prof. P. N. Oak, who believes the

whole

world has been duped. In his book Taj Mahal: The True Story, Oak says
the

Taj Mahal is 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 Shah Jahan from

then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. 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
still retains in his

secret collection two orders from Shah Jahan for surrendering

the Taj building. Using captured temples and mansions, as a burial
place ! for

dead courtiers and royalty was a common practice among Muslim rulers.



For example, Humayun,Akbar, Etmud-ud-Daula and Safdarjung are all
buried in

such mansions. Oak's inquiries began with the name of Taj Mahal. He
says the

term "Mahal" has never been used for a building in any Muslim countries

from

Afghanisthan to Algeria. "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," he
writes.

Secondly, one cannot omit the first three letters 'Mum' from a 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 . Oak
also says 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 the Taj Mahal
predates

Shah Jahan's era, and was a temple dedicated to Shiva, worshipped 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 . There is only one way to discredit or validate
Oak's research.



The current government should open the sealed rooms of the Taj Mahal
under

U.N. supervision, and let international experts investigate.



Do circulate this to all you know and let them know about this
reality.....


Hey guys please check this link ........it adds as a visual proof
Please Don't miss the photo galary, which stands as a proof for all the
above claims......pls. Click on the below link..


http://www.stephen-knapp.com/was_the...dic_temple.htm
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Old conspiracy theory. This guy (Oak) also claims the Kabah at Mecca is a Ram temple, or something of the sort. I really have trouble believing him.

I thought I'd check the linky, for the pictures, to see if I could convince myself. The pictures didn't help one bit. For example,
http://www.stephen-knapp.com/taj_mahal_photo_twenty.htm looks nothing like what it claims to be.

But interesting stuff, atleast as entertainment.
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The topic, though interesting seems quite debatable religiously and politically. Hence closed.
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