Prof. P. N. Oak 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.
It was also said 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.
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.
Oak’s inquiries began with the name of the 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 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 ‘Mum’ from a woman’s name to derive the remainder as the name for the building.”
Prof. Oak points out a number of design and architectural inconsistencies that support the belief of the Taj Mahal is a typical Hindu temple rather than a mausoleum. Many rooms in the Taj! Mahal has remained sealed since Shah Jahan’s time and is 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.
As per the recent controversy, BJP MP and former princess of Jaipur Diya Kumari is claiming that the land on which the Taj Mahal was built originally belonged to the Jaipur royal family. Diya Kumari asserted that she has documents that show Jaipur royal family’s claim on the land.
Recently a petition has been filed in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court seeking directives to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to open 20 rooms inside the Taj Mahal in Agra to ascertain whether the Hindu idols and inscriptions are hidden there.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) media in charge of Ayodhya district, Dr. Rajneesh Singh has filed the petition which is yet to come up for hearing. Advocate Rudra Vikram Singh is representing the petitioner in court.
“There is an old controversy related to the Taj Mahal. Around 20 rooms in the Taj Mahal are locked and no one is allowed to enter. In these rooms, it is believed that there are idols of Hindu gods and scriptures,” said Dr. Rajneesh Singh.
“I have filed a petition in the high court seeking directives to ASI to open these rooms to ascertain facts. There is no harm in opening these rooms and setting to rest all controversies,” said Singh on Sunday.
In the plea, the petitioner has sought directives from the court to the state government to constitute a committee examining these rooms and looking for any evidence related to the Hindu idols or scriptures there. Rajneesh Singh said he has been trying to ascertain facts about the 20 locked rooms of the Taj Mahal since 2020 through the Right to Information Act (RTI) . Singh had filed an RTI in 2020 with the Union ministry of Culture seeking information about the rooms.
“Since 2020, I have been trying to ascertain facts about the locked rooms of Taj Mahal. I had filed an RTI. Replying to the RTI, the Union ministry of Culture informed the Central Information Commission (in Delhi) that these rooms were locked due to security reasons and no detail was provided about these rooms,” he added.
“In the RTI, I had sought details about the locked rooms (what is inside them) and directives to open them,” Singh said. “When all my efforts failed, I have approached the Lucknow high court seeking directives to the government to open these rooms and constitute a fact-finding committee to find out whether Hindu gods and scriptures are inside them,” he added.