A twist in Taj Mahal's story.

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  1. snaz

    snaz New Member

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    As if the Babri Masjid issue was not enuff and over the years so much damage has been done to people of both religions.
    Now a new story has emerged that might make Babri Masjid issue peanuts compared to this.


    Read on:

    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.

    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.'

    Taj 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.

    Oak 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.

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  2. Payal

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    strange though, but will india ignore, say a how many million tourists ?
  3. snaz

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    Everyone wants everything for themselves and their community nobody sees how the country is suffering....
  4. Payal

    Payal New Member

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    true, greed & lust are making us look like rust.
  5. zebijns

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  6. Saba

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    thats unbelieveable ... real history can never be changed somehow it is explored and so scientifically it is proving itself!
  7. snaz

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    Imagine living in a country.... 1 billion people...

    being proud of their heritage and the fact the one of the world's wonders is in your country...

    and one day....... someone changes all what you've believed in for years....

    One man changes it all....?
  8. zebijns

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  9. snaz

    snaz New Member

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    Give us some feedback Jahanzeb insstead of the similies...

    Tell us what u think about this...

    Let's hear ur opinion....
  10. Payal

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    i guess they should stop digging the old bones out, whatif someone discovers that white house once was a temple a mosque or a church ? will they dismantle the whole building ? there are millions of billions of acre's of land still available
  11. snaz

    snaz New Member

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    good point... well said !
  12. Majid

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    humm.....As its one of world wonders ..so i don't think they will do any notorious act as they did with babri masjid....
    but as Majority is authority so if they want to change its status ..who can stop them?
  13. mehak

    mehak New Member

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    exactly...afridi is right....:(
  14. snaz

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    Minority's always a loser anywhere !
  15. videorkade

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    This story is seriously unbelievable, how can one person change something that has existed for years, and if this info turns out to be true, all i can say, we're in trouble, ur rite snaz as if the babri masjid wasnt enuff
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