So our beloved SP leader and UP’s Minority Affairs Minister Mr. Azam Khan wants Taj Mahal to be handed over to the Central Waqf Board because Taj Mahal is a Mausoleum and has tombs of two Muslims. Before politicizing the marvelous beauty of Agra, a symbol of India, it seems that Mr. Azam Khan forgot to do his homework.
The leader forgot (or is probably completely unaware) that the famous historian Late Shri. P.N. Oak in 1989 wrote a book ‘Taj Mahal : The True Story’ where he documents evidence and proofs of why Taj Mahal is a Hindu Temple and not a Mausoleum. While, the Court dismissed Oak’s plea to declare Taj Mahal, a temple palace, we bring you the summary of the evidence mentioned in the book which is worth your attention and time:
Evidence in the form of Documents
P.N Oak in his book started with his claim that Taj Mahal is not a 17th century Muslim Mausoleum but a Hindu Shiva Temple Tejo Mahalaya built in the 4th century by Raja Parmar Dev’s Chief Minister Salakshan. His claim cannot be ignored because of the documentary evidence (which he himself researched and brought to our notice) in the form of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan’s own court chronicle titled Badshahnama.
In Volume 1 page 403 of Badshahnama, Shahjahan admits that the huge mansion of unique grandeur, crowned with a dome (Imaarat-a-Alishan wa Gumbaze) was taken from the then Maharaja Jaisingh of Jodhpur, for Mumtaz’s burial. The building was then known as Raja Mansingh’s Palace.
Further, Prince Aurangzeb’s letter to his father the then Emperor Shah Jahan which is recorded in three chronicles Murugga-I-Akbarabadi, Yadgarnama and Aadaab-e-Alamgiri records that in the year 1652 itself the seven storey buildings where Mumtaz’s burial took place were so old, that they were leaking and needed immediate repairs.
In addition, the dome on the northern side had developed a crack. In his letter, Aurganzeb stated that he would immediately repair on his own expense. Further, stating that the Emperor should carry out detailed repairs later. This letter fro Aurangzeb shows that even during Shah Jahan’s time the building was old and needed repairs. Note the word “building” – a Tomb is always a grave and never a building.
Account of the European Visitors
Tavernier, a French jeweler recorded in his travel memoirs that Shahjahan deliberately buried Mumtaz near the Taz-i-Makan (i.e.,`The Taj building’) because even in that era foreigners used to come, and admire the beauty of the pre-existing building. He also adds that the cost of the scaffolding was more than that of the entire work.
The work that Shahjahan commissioned in the Tejomahalaya Shiva temple was plundered the costly fixtures inside the structure, uprooted the Shiva idols, planting the centotaphs in their place on two stories, inscribing the koran along the arches and creating a six/seven storied wall for the Taj Mahal. This plunder and desecration happened over a couple of decades.
Peter Mundy, an English visitor to Agra recorded in 1632 (within only a year of Mumtaz’s death) that `the places of note in and around Agra, included Taj-e-Mahal’s tomb, gardens and bazaars’.He, therefore, confirms that the Taj Mahal had been a noteworthy building even before Shahjahan.
There are even Architectural Evidence
Famous architect like Sir W.W. Hunter, Mrs. Kenoyer and E.B. Havell went on to say that the Taj Mahal is constructed in the Hindu temple style. Havell pointed that the ground plan of the ancient Hindu temple in Java – Chandi Seva is identical with Taj. Also, a central dome with cupolas around its four corners where/is a feature of Hindu temples.
They also added that the 4 marble pillars at the corners of the plinth are in Hindu style. Besides, the octagonal shape of the Tajmahal has a specific Hindu significance because. No wonder, all Hindus cities, forts, temples and palaces generally had an octagonal layout or some octagonal features so that together with the foundation and the pinnacle they could cover all the 10 directions in the God or kings could hold sway.
The Carbon Test
A carbon test conducted by an American Lab by taking a wooden piece from the riverside doorway of the Taj revealed that the door was 300 years older than Shah Jahan.
These are just few evidences which I have stated here the book has detailed section on many aspects where the writer carefully documents each piece of evidence.
Final Words ~ Taj Mahal Is a Monument of India
Being a historian, Late Shri P.N Oak went into the details and even wrote a book on the same. However, his petition of re-writing the history of Taj Mahal was declined by the Supreme Court. While Mr. Oak was an historian, I am yet to understand Mr. Azam Khan’s interest here. In either case, whether the Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple or a Mausoleum, one should not forget that the Taj Mahal from years has been a pride of India, a symbol of India which should be left alone.
But, if one forgets that, and wants Taj Mahal to be handed over to the Central Waqf Board only because Taj Mahal is a Mausoleum and has tombs of two Muslims, What then of the claims of it being built on a Shiva Temple ??
Mr. Azam Khan should know that P.N. Oak, despite his research, was reprimanded by the Supreme Court when he sent a plea that ‘the history of Taj Mahal should be re-written’ – Giving us enough clue that even the judicial body isn’t interested in giving the Taj Mahal a religious angle. It is high time Mr. Azam Khan and other attention seeking Politicians stop their nonsense and focus on some productive work. High time that the Politicians be reprimanded for talking *hit and wasting both, media’s as well as aam aadmi’s productive time.
Taj Mahal is not a religious place that one has to fight over it. Mr Azam Khan – please find some more productive uses for your time (basically – buzz off)
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