“From beyond the bank of the River Yamuna,
Lies wondrous exquisite Persian architecture,
And a grand palace in the zenith of Muslim lore,
Built by Shah Jahan the great Mughal emperor.
In a white marble mausoleum dwell his remains,
As the sun glistens then with such magnanimity,
In the boundless crenallat’d walls interspers’d,
With the dome chattris and towers of sublimity.”
Praises of this epitome of beauty and its great grandeur are heard everywhere and probably there is not even a single person on this planet who hasn’t ever heard of the great Taj Mahal. Tales of love are written on the walls and everywhere. Those inscriptions on the walls are reminders of every moment of their love and some of them are also the preaching taken from the holy Quran.
“Taj Mahal, the place where Shah Jahan laid his beloved Mumtaz Mahal to rest for eternity!
Taj Mahal, the place where love is worshipped and adored!
Taj Mahal, the home to many wandering souls of lovers who have nestled here comfortably in the air for ages now!”
Built in the years 1632-1653 by Ustad Ahmad Lahauri in the Mughal Architectural style, Taj Mahal stands head held high with a lot of elegance and pride. Shah Jahan, the person behind the orders, the ruler who lived his life mourning for his third wife Mumtaz and died for her was also buried here beside her tomb. This place became the jewel of Muslim art of India and can never be forgotten so easily.
Now talking further about this place, did you ever know that this place was once home to Lord Shiva? Did you ever try finding out if Taj Mahal was actually built over fresh plain lands or if it was built over something else? Well, I happened to come across a name and it was called ‘Tejo Mahalaya’ which galvanized my interest to further research on this topic and try looking for more. So in the year 1155 AD, a temple was built for Lord Shiva for his avatar of Agreshwar Mahadev in Agra. It was known to be called as ‘Tejo Mahalaya’ which is a Sanskrit word and that meant Shiva Temple. Later when the Mughals took over the lands that is when this temple was trampled partially by them and Taj Mahal was built over them. Now to all those people who are shocked and are in need of proofs, read on this article carefully.
Hints To Prove Taj Mahal Was Tejo Mahalaya:
- If you focus clearly on the logical points behind certain facts related to Taj Mahal or Tejo Mahalaya, you will know that the word ‘Mahal’ is no way a Muslim name. It is nowhere to be seen or heard right from Afghanistan till Algeria. And if you think that the word ‘Mahal’ was taken from the name Mumtaz Mahal, let me tell you her name was not that. She was Mumtaz-Ul-Zamani.
- If you focus on the word ‘Taj’ it has a J in the end and not a Z which shows that this word was also not taken from her name. So it all gives food to our thoughts which keep pointing everything towards the fact that Taj Mahal was indeed Tejo Mahalaya.
- You get to see the tradition of removing your footwear outside Taj Mahal which is completely a Hindu tradition to follow before entering into a temple. Ironically Taj Mahal is the cemetery of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan which means you have to go in with your footwear. But what do you do here? Got my point?
- There were 3 different chronicles namely ‘Aadaab-e-alamgiri ‘, ‘Yaadgaarnama ‘and the ‘Muraaqqa-I-Akbarabadi ‘ that stated had Aurangzeb had ordered for the repairs of the seepage and cracked walls in the year 1652 AD. But then it is said that Taj Mahal was finished in the year 1655 AD. But why would someone want to repair something which is not even finished yet? Doesn’t it make sense?
Tejo Mahalaya History:
Tejo Mahalaya was built in the year 1155 AD by Raja Paramardi Dev andit is clearly written in the scriptures dated back then that Tejo Mahalaya indeed originated as a very famous Shiva temple. The inscriptions have been termed wrongly as Bateshwar inscription. Tis inscription can be seen if you ever visit the Lucknow Museum where it is preserved carefully in the top shelves. These were later removed from the premises of Taj Mahal and everything related to the temple or Hinduism changed. Few lines from those inscriptions are quoted below.
“crystal white Siva temple so alluring that Lord Siva once enshrined in it decided never to return to Mount Kailash his usual abode“
It was not Bateshwar who found these inscriptions. Those were actually Tejomahalaya inscriptions before they were found in the gardens of Taj Mahal before Shah Jahan had them cast away. Not just that, a piece of wooden piece of wood found at the riverside was actually a doorway and was sent for a 14 test by an American Laboratory. This report revealed that the door was 300 years older than Shah Jahan and was used to break in many a times during their invasions. This door was strong and didn’t match any of the constructions and structures of the newly renovated Taj Mahal. This piece of wood was actually 500 years anterior to Shah Jahan and his Mahal.
Evidences From The Badshahnaama:
The Badshahnaama was maintained by the Emperor’s Chronographer Mullah Abdul Hamid Lahori. Now, this script stated that the palace of Raja Mansingh, which was passed onto his grandson Raja Jaisingh has opted as a place for the burial of Mumtaz. So this proves that the place didn’t belong to the Mughals at all. It was acquired or as a matter of fact, snatched from the previous rulers.
To make it easier, I have quoted the English translation of the contents from line 21 of page 402 to line 41 on page 403 of Badshahnaama. Read along.
“Friday, 15th Jamadiulawal, the sacred dead body of the traveller to the kingdom of holiness Hazrat Mumtazul Zamani, who was temporarily buried, was brought, accompanied by Prince Mohammad Shah, Suja bahadur, Wazir Khan, and Satiunnesa Khanam, who knew the pemperament of the deceased intimately and was well versed in view of that Queen of the Queens used to hold, was brought to the capital Akbarabad (Agra) and an order was issued that very day coins be distributed among the beggars and fakirs. The site covered with a majestic garden, tother south of the great city (of Agra) and amidst which the building known as the palace of Raja Man Singh, at present owned by Raja Jai Singh, grandson of Man Singh, was selected for the burial of the Queen, whose abode is in heaven. Although Raja Jai Singh valued it greatly as his ancestral heritage and property, yet he agreed to part with it gratis for Emperor Shahjahan, still out of sheer scrupulousness and religious sanctity, he (Jai Singh) was granted Sharifabad in exchange of that grand palace (Ali Manzil). After the arrival of the dead body in that great city (of Agra), next year that illustrious body of the Queen was laid to rest and the officials of the capital, according to royal order, hid the body of that pious lady from the eyes of the world and the palace so majestic (imarat-e-Alishan) and capped with a dome (wa gumbaje) was turned into a sky-high lofty mausoleum”.
All in all, this was a seven storeyed temple captured with lush green gardens, dome-like roofs, massive space, 400 to 500 rooms, 22 apartments, arcaded verandahs, terraces, multi storeyed towers, underground passages, guest rooms, stables, drum chambers, cowsheds and guard rooms, all of them were built lavishly by the previous emperors back in the 155 AD and were now taken away by Shah Jahan for burying Mumtaz. He himself stated that Taj Mahal was built over the lands taken from the previous kings. It further read:
“On the pinnacle of the dome is the Trishul (the trident), red lotus at apex of the entrance, typical Vedic style corridors and the sacred, esoteric letter “AUM” carved on the exterior of the wall of the sanctum sanctorum now occupied by the cenotaphs were of Hindu architecture, built by Hindu craftsmen, with Hindu design.”
Agra had 5 Shiva temples and now the locals compromised with just 4 of them namely Balkeshwar, Prithvinath, Manakameshwar, and Rajarajeshwar. The fifth one namely Agreshwar Mahadev Nagnatheshwar, the Lord Great God of Agra, the Deity of the King of Cobras, was buried deep down under the tombs of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan. Nobody even knew about it because people were either asked to stay calm or else were unaware of it all. The sanctified lands of Tejo Mahalaya represented love and affection.
Hinduism Seen In Taj Mahal:
You also get to see the pieces and bits of Hinduism in Taj Mahal clearly as it was once home to the Hindus. There are so many facts related to Taj Mahal that tell us they were nowhere connected to Islam or the Mughals.
- Dome: Domes or copulas are seen only in the Hindu religions.
- Pillars: Pillars are for Hindus just like Minarets are for Muslims. There are just pillars in Taj Mahal but no minarets. Pillars act as significance to worship Lord Satyanarayana, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
- Octagonal shape: The octagonal shape represents eight celestial directions in the Hindu astronomy and astrology as well which has got no meaning among the Muslim preaching.
- Trident pinnacle: Taj Mahal has a trident pinnacle at the top on which the central one looks like a ‘Kalash’ which is a Hindu item to carry holy water, it continues holding two bent curvy mango leaves and a coconut which is completely a Hindu ritual. This pinnacle has the word ‘Allah’ inscribed on it which was carved after its capture.
- Gardens: Even the garden has all those plants and trees whose leaves are used to worship Lord Shiva. The flowers also hold Hindu significances.
- Yamuna river: It is evident that it was a Hindu temple before because all the Hindu temples were almost built on the banks of Holy rivers. So what is Taj Mahal doing here?
- Ganesa Torana: The main gates have high wausted borders which have carvings of “Ganesa Torana” (the elephant trunk and the crown) which are again symbols of Hinduism.
Beheaded Idols Of Lord Shive Inside Tejo Mahalaya:
Finally this is also a great mystery to be revealed in our further articles that all the idols inside the temple were beheaded and kept inside a huge corridor whose walls were sealed with brick and lime. All the doors and windows were walled and unwalled several times and this was even mentioned in the letters to Shah Jahan by Aurangzeb. Not only this, there are several rooms inside the seven storeyed temple that is now turned into the famous Taj Mahal.
With so many mysteries and secrets held inside its tummy, Taj Mahal stands tall and high representing love as per the wishes of Shah Jahan. I don’t know what to say further but if you want to share your thoughts then feel free to comment in the comment section below and also make sure to book some cheap flights to India with the help of Indian Eagle so that you can get the chance to come here and see this monument closely. Share this article with everyone you know and stay in touch to know more about those closed chambers of Taj Mahal, alias Tejo Mahalaya.