Is Taj Mahal a Hindu Temple named Tejo Mahalaya? – PART I

Taj Mahal is one of the architectural wonders of India and world. Taj Mahal as we generally was built by Shahjahan as celebration of love for his wife. But P.N. Oaks who is a eminent scholar had a different set of proofs that project an entirely different story about Taj Mahal. According to him this marvellous structure was an Islamic mausoleum rather it was an ancient Shiva Temple which was known as Tejo Mahalaya. The Moghul emperor Shahjahan took this temple from Maharaja of Jaipur. Taj Mahal should be viewed as a temple and not as a tomb. Most people miss a simple point. It has size, grandeur, beauty and majesty which are much larger than referential with a tomb. If you visit Taj mahal thinking that it is a temple you will not be able to miss the annexes, hillrocks, ,oats, ruined defensive walls, fountains, cascades, hundreds of rooms with arcaded verandahs, multi storied towers, the Hindu letter OM carved on the exterior wall of the sanctum santorium, etc. Various proofs have led to this amazing discovery. Let us look at some points:

Taj Mahal: An Architectural Wonder


  1. There is no reference of the term Taj Mahal in the Moghul court papers. The mention of this monument is nowhere to be seen in the chronicles from Aurangzeb’s era.
  2. “Mahal” is not a Muslim term. In none of the other major Islamic countries from Afghanistan to Algeria do we come across an Islamic structure known as “Mahal”.
  3. Explanation to justify this is – the name was derived from Mumtaz Mahal, who was buried in it. Such an explanation is illogical in two ways – firstly, her name was not Mumtaz Mahal rather her name was Mumtaz-ul-Zamani and secondly no one would omit the first three letters “Mum” from a name to derive the name of a building named after her. It doesn’t make any logical sense.
  4. As the name of the lady in question is explained to be Mumtaz so name of this building should have been Taz Mahal and not Taj Mahal.
  5. Many European travellers from the times have mentioned this building as Taj-e-Mahal which can be a Sanskrit word Tej-o-Mahalaya meaning a Shiva Temple. Shahjahan and Aurangzeb seem to be intentionally avoiding this name, they rather call it as a holy grave.
  6. If we consider the traditions of the times then it can be seen most of dead Muslim courtiers from Humayaun, Akbar, Etmad-ud-Daula or Safdarjung have been buried in captured Hindu temples.
  7. If Taj Mahal is a tomb or burial place how could it be named as Mahal or a mansion?
  8. As the explanation for Taj Mahal cannot be found in Moghul writings so we can think of it as a Sanskrit word. Both “Taj” and “Mahal” are words of Sanskrit origin.

Hindu Sacred Word "OM" in the flowers on the walls

Temple Tradition

9. Taj Mahal is a corrupt form of the Sanskrit word “Tejo Mahalaya” which signified it as a Shiva Temple. It is a sacred place associated with Agneshwar Shiva or The Lord of Agra.

10. The tradition of removing shoes when climbing the marble platform originates from Pre Shahjahan times. Typically shoes should not be removed when visiting a cemetery. It is a Hindu tradition of removing shoes when entering a place of worship.

11. On minute inspection you will be able to notice the base slab of this cenotaph is made with a plain white marble while the three other cenotaphs over the two floors have inlaid intricate designs. It verifies that it was a marble pedestal for Shiva idol and Mumtaz’s cenotaphs are fake in nature.

12. The pitchers which are carved inside the upper border of the marble lattice and those mounted over it are 108 in number. 108 is a holy number in Hindu traditions.

13. Many people connected with the maintenance and repair of Taj Mahal who have seen an ancient sacred Shiva Linga (Shiva sacred stone) and some other idols within the thick layers and secret chambers and thick walls. The Archaeological Survey of India has kept numb on this issue.

14. In India there are reportedly 12 Jyotirlingas or outstanding temples of Shiva. Tejo Mahalaya seems to be one belonging to Nagnathaneshwar as it girdled around by a Naga or Cobra figures.

15. Agra where the Taj Mahal stands was an ancient centre for Shiva worship. They worshipped Shiva throughout the city by building many temples.

16. The people who reside in Agra are mostly known as Jats. They have named Shiva as Tejaji. They call their temples as Teja Temples. From this it is apperent that Taj Mahal is Tejo Mahalaya or the Great Abode of Tej.

An Unnatural Marble Apartment on the Ground Floor

So far we have discussed on only first 16 points that makes us believe Taj Mahal is nothing but a Shiva Temple known as Tejo Mahalaya. In the next blog we will delve deeper into the issue.

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