- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 1)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 2)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 3)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 4)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 5)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 6)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 7)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 8)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 9)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 10)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 11)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 evidences (Part 12)
- Taj Mahal is a Shiva Temple – 100 plus evidences (Part 13)
81. A pertinent consideration is that Shahjahan, who did not build any palaces for Mumtaz while she was alive, would not build a fabulous mausoleum for a corpse which was no longer kicking or clicking.
82. Another factor is that Mumtaz died within two or three years of Shahjahan becoming an emperor. Could he amass so much superfluous wealth in that short span as to squander it on a wonder mausoleum?
83. While Shahjahan’s special attachment to Mumtaz is nowhere recorded in history, his amorous affairs with many other ladies from maids to mannequins, including his own daughter Jahanara, find special attention in accounts of Shahjahan’s reign. Would Shahjahan shower his hard earned wealth on Mumtaz’s corpse?
84. Shahjahan was a stingy, usurious monarch. He came to throne murdering all his rivals. He was not, therefore, the doting spendthrift that he is made out to be.
85. A Shahjahan disconsolate on Mumtaz’s death is suddenly credited with a resolve to build the Taj. This is a psychological incongruity. Grief is a disabling, incapacitating emotion.
86. An infatuated Shahjahan is supposed to have raised the Taj over the dead Mumtaz. But carnal, physical, sexual love is again an incapacitating emotion. A womaniser is incapable of any constructive activity. When carnal love becomes uncontrollable the person either murders somebody or commits suicide. He cannot raise a Tajmahal. A building like the Taj invariably originates in an ennobling emotion like devotion to God, to one’s mother and mother country or power and glory.
87. Early in the year 1973, chance digging in the garden in front of the Taj revealed another set of fountains about six feet below the present fountains. That proved two things. Firstly, the subterranean fountains were there before Shahjahan laid the surface fountains. And secondly that those fountains are aligned to the Taj that edifice too is of pre-Shahjahan origin. Apparently, the garden and its fountains had sunk from annual monsoon flooding and lack of maintenance for centuries during the Islamic rule.
89. The stately rooms on the upper floor of the Tajmahal have been stripped of their marble mosaic by Shahjahan to obtain matching marble for raising fake tombstones inside the Taj premises at several places. Contrasting with the rich finished marble ground floor rooms, the striping of the marble mosaic covering the lower half of the walls and flooring of the upper storey have given those rooms a naked, robbed look. Since no visitors are allowed entry to the upper storey, this despoilation by Shahjahan has remained a well-guarded secret. There is no reason why Shahjahan’s loot of the upper floor marble should continue to be hidden from the public even after 200 years of termination of Moghul rule.
90. Bernier, the French traveller, has recorded that no non-Muslim was allowed entry into the secret nether chambers of the Taj because there are some dazzling fixtures there. Had those been installed by Shahjahan they should have been shown the public as a matter of pride. But since it was commandeered Hindu wealth, which Shahjahan wanted to remove to his treasury, he didn’t want the public to know about it.
From: Works of P.N. Oak