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Was the Taj Mahal a Vedic Temple?

The Photographic Evidence
This presents photographs (listed below) that show the Vedic influence found
in such buildings as the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, and other structures in India. It
also presents photos of drawings and art that have been discovered from
other parts of the world, such as Arabia, Egypt, Greece and Italy, that show a
definite Vedic influence. No matter whether you accept all of this or not, it
nonetheless makes for an extremely fascinating and interesting story. Take a
look and decide for yourself what you think. Also, let other people know about
these, or download them to print and use them for your own displays in your
temple, office or home.

We have all heard how the Taj Mahal, which is considered one of the great
wonders of the world, was built as the preeminent expression of a man's love
for a wife. That it was built by emperor Shah Jahan in commemoration of his
wife Mumtaz. However, in our continuous effort to get to the truth, we have
recently acquired some very important documents and information. There is
evidence that the Taj Mahal was never built by Shah Jahan. Some say the Taj
Mahal pre-dates Shah Jahan by several centuries and was originally built as a
Hindu or Vedic temple/palace complex. Shah Jahan merely acquired it from
its previous owner, the Hindu King Jai Singh.

This controversy is something I have explained more thoroughly in my book,
"Proof of Vedic Culture's Global Existence." So, for those who want to know
the details of this issue, you can find it there. And here is the photographic
evidence that will provide greater insights into this. The point to consider is
how much more of India's history has been distorted if the background of such
a grand building is so inaccurate.

These photographs are taken from an album that was found and then
smuggled out of India. On the back of each photo there is a stamp mark that
says, "Archaeology Survey of India." This signifies their authenticity and that
they were the property of that institution. This means a number of things: That
the Archaeology Survey of India (ASI) has been researching the evidence that
proves the Taj Mahal and many other buildings were not of Muslim origin, and
that they know this information but remain silent about it. It also shows that in
spite of this evidence they refuse to open up further research that would
reveal the true nature and originality of the buildings, and lead to
understanding another part of the real history and glory of India.

These photos are black and white and were found in a simple photo album in
India. Except for old age and some water damage on some of them (creating
white spots in areas), most are still in relatively good condition. Each
photograph was accompanied by a typed caption taped in the album near the
photo, each of which gives a very interesting explanation of the subject and
the Vedic influence recognized on the building and what it means. The
captions accompany the photos on the following pages just as they
were written in the album, so the style of English and the explanations
are kept the same. I did not write them myself. They are obviously written
from an Indian perspective. Whatever I may say about the photos are
displayed in brackets [ ]. Otherwise I let the captions and photos speak for
themselves. Some of these photos will show areas of the Taj where the public
has no access, or what is rarely seen or noticed.

It is because of the manipulation of history by invaders that the true greatness
of India and Vedic culture has been stifled or hidden. And it is time that people
everywhere realize how numerous lies and false propaganda have been
passed around as if it were the truth in regard to India and its past, as well as
its art, archeology, and the wonder of its culture. India and its Vedic society
was one of the preeminent civilizations of the world, as I explained in "Proof of
Vedic Culture's Global Existence." Now, through the increasing amount of
revealing evidence that is being uncovered, that greatness of India's past and
its contributions to the world are gradually being recognized. It is because of
this that it is now time to rewrite the history of India.

ADDITIONAL ONLINE ARTICLES

"The Question of the Taj Mahal" (Itihas Patrika, vol 5, pp. 98-111, 1985)
by P. S. Bhat and A. L. Athavale is a profound and thoroughly researched and
well balanced paper on the Taj Mahal controversy. This paper goes well with
the photographs listed below. It uncovers the reasons for the rumors and
assumptions of why it is said that Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal, and
presents all the inconsistencies of why that theory doesn't hold up. It also
covers such things as the descriptions found in the old Agra court papers on
the Taj; descriptions and measurements of the building in the old records;
Aurangzeb's letter of the much needed repairs even in 1632 which is unlikely
for a new building; records that reveal Shah Jahan acquired marble but was it
enough for really building the Taj or merely for inlay work and decorative
coverings; the observations of European travelers at the time; the actual age
of the Taj; how the architecture is definitely of Indian Hindu orientation and
could very well have been designed as a Shiva temple; the issue of the arch
and the dome; how the invader Timurlung (1398) took back thousands of
prisoner craftsmen to build his capital at Samarkhand and where the dome
could have been incorporated into Islamic architecture; how it was not Shah
Jahan's religious tolerance that could have been a reason for Hindu elements
in the design of the Taj; how the direction of the mosque does not point
toward Mecca as most mosques do; the real purpose of the minarets at the
Taj; the Hindu symbolism recognized in the Taj which would not have been
allowed if it was truly Muslim built; and even as late as 1910 the
Encyclopaedia Britannica included the statement by Fergusson that the
building was previously a palace before becoming a tomb for Shah Jahan;
and more. A most interesting paper.
"An Architect Looks at the Taj Mahal Legend" by Marvin Mills, is a great
review of the information available on the Taj Mahal and raises some very
interesting questions that make it obvious that the Taj could not have been
built the way or during the time that history presents, which makes it more like
a fable than accurate history. This suggests a construction date of 1359 AD,
about 300 years before Shah Jahan.
The True Story of the Taj Mahal. This article by P. N. Oak (from Pune,
India) provides an overview of his research and lists his 109 proofs of how the
Taj Mahal was a pre-existing Hindu temple palace, built not by Shah Jahan
but originally at least 500 years earlier in 1155 AD by Raja Paramardi Dev as
a Vedic temple. Mr. P. N. Oak is another who has done much research into
this topic, and such a study is hardly complete without considering his
findings. The evidence he presents here is a most interesting read, whether
you agree with it all or not, or care for some of the anger in his sentiment. Mr.
Oak has presented his own conclusions in his books, most notably Taj Mahal-
-The True Story (ISBN: 0-9611614-4-2).
The Letter of Aurangzeb ordering repairs on the old Taj Mahal in the year
just before it is said to have been completed.
The Badshahnama is the history written by the Emporer's own chronicler.
This page shows how Aurangzeb had acquired the Taj from the prevous
owner, Jai Singh, grandson of Raja Mansingh, after selcting this site for the
burial of Queen Mumtaz.
This site http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A5220 gives the BBC's view on
the Taj Mahal and briefly explains both sides of the story, that maybe Shah
Jahan built the Taj and maybe he didn't.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

The following photographs are divided according to content and accessed
through the links. Click on the photo number for access:

Taj Mahal Photo #1 Aerial view of the Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal Photo #2 The interior water well
Taj Mahal Photo #3 Frontal view of the Taj Mahal and dome
Taj Mahal Photo #4 Close up of the dome with pinnacle
Taj Mahal Photo #5 Close up of the pinnacle
Taj Mahal Photo #6 Inlaid pinnacle pattern in courtyard
Taj Mahal Photo #7 Red lotus at apex of the entrance
Taj Mahal Photo #8 Rear view of the Taj & 22 apartments
Taj Mahal Photo #9 View of sealed doors & windows in back
Taj Mahal Photo #10 Typical Vedic style corridors
Taj Mahal Photo #11 The Music House--a contradiction
Taj Mahal Photo #12 A locked room on upper floor
Taj Mahal Photo #13 A marble apartment on ground floor
Taj Mahal Photo #14 The OM in the flowers on the walls
Taj Mahal Photo #15 Staircase that leads to the lower levels
Taj Mahal Photo #16 300 foot long corridor inside apartments
Taj Mahal Photo #17 One of the 22 rooms in the secret lower level
Taj Mahal Photo #18 Interior of one of the 22 secret rooms
Taj Mahal Photo #19 Interior of another of the locked rooms
Taj Mahal Photo #20 Vedic design on ceiling of a locked room
Taj Mahal Photo #21 Huge ventilator sealed shut with bricks
Taj Mahal Photo #22 Secret walled door that leads to other rooms
Taj Mahal Photo #23 Secret bricked door that hides more evidence
Taj Mahal Photo #24 Palace in Barhanpur where Mumtaz died
Taj Mahal Photo #25 Pavilion where Mumtaz is said to be buried

Now for the Next Section:

The Photographic Evidence of the Vedic Influence Found in the
Red Fort and Other Buildings in Delhi and India, as well as in
Drawings and Art from Elsewhere in the World.
Taj Mahal Photo #1
[Below is] An aerial view of the Taj Mahal alias Tejo Mahalaya, ancient Hindu
temple complex in Agra. For the last 300 years the world has been fooled to
believe that this stupendous edifice was built by the 5th generation Mogul
emperor Shahjahan to commemorate one of his dead wives--Mumtaz. The
two flanking buildings although identical, only the one in the rear is known as
a mosque.

The Taj Mahal has seven stories. Five of them lie sealed and barred
concealing rich evidence. The marble building in the centre is flanked by two
symmetrical ones. The one in the foreground is the eastern one. The one in
the background is being represented as a mosque because it is to the west.
They should not have been identical if only one was to be a mosque. In the
courtyard at the foot of the eastern building is inlaid a full scale replica of the
trident pinnacle [found at the top of the dome]. The tiny tower at the left near
the western building, encloses a huge octagonal multi-storied well.

Taj Mahal Photo # 2
This is the massive octagonal well with palatial apartments along its seven
stories. A royal staircase descends right down to the water level indicated by
the tiny white patch showing the sun's reflection.
This was the traditional treasury well of the Hindu temple palace. Treasure
chests used to be stacked in the lower stories. Accountants, cashiers and
treasurers sat in the upper stories. Cheques called handies used to be issued
from here. On being besieged, if the building had to be surrendered to the
enemy, the treasure used to be pushed into the water for salvage later after
recapture. For real research, water should be pumped out of this well to
reveal the evidence that lies at the bottom. This well is inside a tower near the
so-called mosque to the west of the marble Taj. Had the Taj been a
mausoleum this octagonal multistoried well would have been superfluous.

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Taj Mahal Photo # 3
A frontal view of the Taj Mahal alias Tejo Mahalaya in Agra. It is octagonal
because the Hindus believe in 10 directions. The pinnacle pointing to the
heaven and the foundation to the nether world, plus the eight surface
directions make the 10 directions. Divinity and royalty are believed to hold
sway in all those 10 directions. Hence in Hindu tradition, buildings connected
with royalty and divinity must have some octagonal features or the buildings
themselves should be octagonal. The two flanking cupolas (two others to the
rear are not seen in this photo) are also identical.

The towers at the four plinth corners served as watch towers during the day,
and to hold lights at night. Hindu wedding altars and Satyanarayan worship
altars invariably have such towers at corners. [Many other Hindu temples,
such as those at Khajurao, also can be found to have four towers or temples,
one at each corner of the temple foundation.]

The lotus flower cap on the head of the dome is a Hindu feature. Muslim
domes are bald. This marble edifice has four stories. Inside the dome is an 83
ft. high hall. The Taj has a double dome. The dome one sees from inside ends
like an inverted pan on the terrace. The dome seen from outside is a cover on
the inner dome. Therefore, in between them is an 83 ft. hall. This may be
considered as one storey. Underneath may be seen the first storey arches
and the ground floor rooms. In the basement, visitors are shown one room. All
these constitute the four storeys in the marble edifice. Below the marble
structure are two stories in red stone reaching down to the river level. The 7th
storey must be below the river level because every ancient Hindu historic
building did have a basement. Thus, the Taj is a seven-storied structure.

Taj Mahal Photo # 4
The dome of the Taj Mahal bearing a trident pinnacle made of a non-rusting
eight-metal Hindu alloy. The pinnacle served as a lightning deflector too.

This pinnacle has been blindly assumed by many to be an Islamic crescent
and star, or a lightning conductor installed by the British. This is a measure of
the careless manner in which Indian history has been studied till now. Visually
identifiable things like this pinnacle too have been misinterpreted with
impunity. The flower top of the dome, below the pinnacle, is an unmistakable
Hindu sign. A full scale figure of this pinnacle is inlaid in the eastern courtyard.

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Taj Mahal Photo # 5
A close up of the upper portion of the pinnacle of the Taj Mahal, photographed
from the parapet beneath the dome. The Hindu horizontal crescent and the
coconut top together look like a trident from the garden level. Islamic
crescents are always oblique. Moreover they are almost always complete
circles leaving a little opening for a star. This Hindu pinnacle had all these
centuries been misinterpreted as an Islamic crescent and star or a lightning
conductor installed by the British. The word "Allah" etched here by Shahjahan
is absent in the courtyard replica. The coconut, the bent mango leaves under
it and the supporting Kalash (water pot) are exclusive Hindu motifs.
Taj Mahal Photo # 6
The full scale figure of the pinnacle on the dome has been inlaid on the red
stone courtyard of the Taj Mahal. One may see it to the east at the foot of the
riverside arch of the flanking building wrongly dubbed as Jamiat Khana
(community hall) by Muslim usurpers. Such floor sketches in courtyards are a
common Hindu trait. In Fatehpur Sikri it is the backgammon board which is
sketched on a central courtyard. The coconut top and the bent mango leaves
underneath, resting on a kalash (i.e. a water pot) is a sacred Hindu motif.
Hindu shrines in the Himalayan foothills have identical pinnacles [especially
noticed at Kedarnath, a prominent Shiva temple]. The eastern location of the
sketch is also typically Hindu. The length measures almost 32 ft.
Taj Mahal Photo # 7
The apex of the lofty entrance arch on all four sides of the Taj Mahal bears
this red lotus and white trident--indicating that the building originated as a
Hindu temple. The Koranic lettering forming the middle strip was grafted after
Shahjahan seized the building from Jaipur state's Hindu ruler.

Taj Mahal Photo # 8
This is a riverside view of the Taj Mahal. The four storied marble structure
above has under it these two stories reaching down to the river level. The 22
rooms shown in other photos are behind that line of arches seen in the
middle. Each arch is flanked by Hindu lotus discs in white marble. Just above
the ground level is the plinth. In the left corner of the plinth is a doorway
indicating inside the plinth are many rooms sealed by Shahjahan. One could
step out to the river bank from the door at the left. The 7th storey is surmised
to be under the plinth below the ground because every ancient Hindu mansion
had a basement. Excavation to reach the basement chamber should start
under this door.

Taj Mahal Photo # 9
Most people content to see Mumtaz's grave inside the Taj fail to go to the rear
riverside. This is the riverside view. From here one may notice that the four-
storied marble structure on top has below it two more stories in red stone.
Note the window aperture in the arch at the left. That indicates that there are
rooms inside. Inside the row of arches in the upper part of the wall are 22
rooms. In addition to the four stories in marble, this one shows red stone
arches in the 5th storey. The 6th storey lies in the plinth in the lower portion of
the photo. In another photo a doorway would be seen in the left corner of the
plinth, indicating the presence of apartments inside, from where one could
emerge on the river for a bath.
Taj Mahal Photo # 10
These corridors at the approach of the Taj Mahal are typically Hindu. They
may be seen in any ancient Hindu capital. Note the two octagonal tower
cupolas at the right and left top. Only Hindus have special names for the eight
directions and celestial guards assigned to each. Any octagonal feature in
historic buildings should convince the visitor of their Hindu origin. Guards,
palanquin bearers and other attendants resided in hundreds of rooms along
numerous such corridors when the Taj Mahal was a Hindu temple palace.
Thus the Taj was more magnificent and majestic before it was reduced to a
sombre Islamic cemetery.

Taj Mahal Photo # 11
This Naqqar Khana alias Music House in the Taj Mahal garden is an
incongruity if the Taj Mahal were an Islamic tomb. Close by on the right is the
building which Muslims claim to be a mosque. The proximity of a mosque to
the Music House is incongruous with Muslim tradition. In India, Muslims have
a tradition of pelting stones on Hindu music processions passing over a
mosque. Moreover a mausoleum needs silence. A dead person's repose is
never to be disturbed. Who would then provide a band house for a dead
Mumtaz? Contrarily Hindu temples and palaces have a music house because
morning and evening Hindu chores begin to the sweet strains of sacred music

Taj Mahal Photo # 12
Such are the rooms on the 1st floor of the marble structure of the Taj Mahal.
The two staircases leading to this upper floor are kept locked and barred
since Shahjahan's time. The floor and the marble walls of such upper floor
rooms can be seen in the picture to have been stripped of its marble panels.
Shahjahan used that uprooted marble from the upper floor for constructing
graves and engraving the Koran because he did not know wherefrom to
procure marble matching the splendour of the rest of the Taj Mahal. He was
also so stingy as not to want to spend much even on converting a robbed
Hindu temple into an Islamic mausoleum.
Taj Mahal Photo # 13
Such are the magnificent marble-paved, shining, cool, white bright rooms of
the Taj Mahal temple palace's marble ground floor. Even the lower third
portion of the walls is covered with magnificent marble mosaic. The doorway
at the left looks suspiciously closed with a stone slab. One can perambulate
through these rooms around the central octagonal sanctorum, now occupied
by Mumtaz's fake grave. The aperture, seen through of the central door,
enabled perambulating devotees to keep their eyes fixed on the Shiva Linga
in the central chamber. Hindu Shiva Lingas are consecrated in two chambers,
one above the other. Therefore, Shahjahan had to raise two graves in the
name of Mumtaz--one in the marble basement and the other on the ground
floor to desecrate and hide both the Shiva emblems from public view. [The
famous Shiva temple in Ujjain also has an underground chamber for one of its
Shiva-lingams.]
Taj Mahal Photo # 14
This is the Dhatura flower essential for Hindu Shiva worship. The flower is
depicted in the shape of the sacred, esoteric Hindu incantation 'OM.'
Embossed designs of this blooming 'OM' are drawn over the exterior of the
octagonal central sanctorum of Shiva where now a fake grave in Mumtaz's
has been planted. While perambulating around the central chamber one may
see such 'OM' designs.

Taj Mahal Photo # 15
This staircase and another symmetrical one at the other end lead down to the
storey beneath the marble platform. Visitors may go to the back of the marble
plinth at the eastern or western end and descend down the staircase because
it is open to the sky. But at the foot the archaeology department has set up an
iron door which it keeps locked. Yet one may peep inside from the iron gate in
the upper part of the door. Shahjahan had sealed even these two staircases.
It was the British who opened them. But from Shahjahan's time the stories
below and above the marble ground floor have been barred to visitors. We are
still following Mogul dictates though long free from Mogul rule.

Taj Mahal Photo # 16
On the inner flank of the 22 locked rooms (in the secret storey in red stone
below the marble platform) is this corridor about 12 ft. broad and 300 ft. long.
Note the scallop design at the base of the plinth supporting the arches. This is
the Hindu decoration which enables one to identify even a bare plinth.
Taj Mahal Photo # 17
One of the 22 rooms in the secret storey underneath the marble plinth of the
Taj Mahal. Many such features of the Taj remain unknown to the public so
long as they see it only as a tomb. If the public knew how much it is missing in
the Taj Mahal it will insist that the government unseal its many stories. Two
doorways at either end of this corridor in the right side wall leading to inner
apartments have been sealed by Shahjahan. If those doorways are opened,
important evidence concealed inside by Shahjahan may come to light.
Taj Mahal Photo # 18
A corner of one of the 22 rooms in the secret storey immediately below the
marble platform of the Taj Mahal. Note the strips of Hindu paint on the wall.
The ventilator at the left, meant for air and light from the riverside, has been
crudely walled up by Shahjahan. He did not bother even to plaster them. Had
Shahjahan built the Taj as a mausoleum what was the purpose of the 22
rooms? And why are they kept locked and hidden from the public?
Taj Mahal Photo # 19
One of the 22 locked rooms in the secret storey beneath the marble platform
of the Taj Mahal. Strips of ancient Hindu paint are seen on the wall flanking
the doorway. The niches above had paintings of Hindu idols, obviously rubbed
off by Muslim desecraters. The rooms may be seen door within door in a row.
If the public knew that the Taj Mahal is a structure hiding hundreds of rooms,
they would insist on seeing the whole of it. At present they only peep into the
grave chamber and walk away.

Taj Mahal Photo # 20
This esoteric Hindu design is painted on the ceiling of some of the 22 locked
rooms in the secret storey below the marble platform of the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Had Shahjahan built the Taj Mahal he would not have kept such elaborately
painted rooms sealed and barred to the public. Even now one can enter these
rooms only if one can influence the archaeology department to remove the
locks.
Taj Mahal Photo # 21
A huge ventilator of one of the 22 rooms in a secret storey of the Taj, is seen
here crudely sealed with unplastered bricks by Shahjahan. History has been
so perverted and inverted that alien Muslims like Shahjahan who spoiled,
damaged, desecrated and destroyed historic Hindu buildings, are being
falsely paraded as great builders.

Taj Mahal Photo # 22
One of the 22 riverside rooms in a secret storey of the Taj Mahal, unknown to
the public. Shahjahan, far from building the shining marble Taj, wantonly
disfigured it. Here he has crudely walled up a doorway. Such imperial Mogul
vandalism lies hidden from the public. This room is in the red stone storey
immediately below the marble platform. Indian history has been turned topsy
turvy in lauding destroyers as great builders.

Taj Mahal Photo # 23
Many such doorways of chambers in secret stories underneath the Taj Mahal
have been sealed with brick and lime. Concealed inside could be valuable
evidence such as Sanskrit inscriptions, Hindu idols, the original Hindu model
of the Taj, the desecrated Shiva Linga, Hindu scriptures and temple
equipment. Besides such sealed chambers there are many which are kept
locked by the Government. The Public must raise its voice to have these
opened or it should institute legal proceedings. Shree P. N. Sharma of Green
Park, New Delhi who peeped through an aperture in these chambers in 1934
A.D. saw a pillared hall with images carved on the pillars.
Taj Mahal Photo # 24
Burharpur is a very ancient historic city on the Central Railway between
Khandwa and Bhusawal junctions. Burhanpur and the nearby Asirgarh (fort)
used to provide hospitality to Hindu royals proceeding north or south on
pilgrimage, weddings or military expeditions. Barhanpur has many magnificent
mansions which are currently being described as mosques and tombs of alien
Islamic invaders. This building is one such ancient Hindu royal palace
captured by the Moghuls. Mumtaz died here during her 14th delivery around
1630 A.D. while she and Shahjahan were camping here. She is said to be
buried in a Hindu pavilion in front of this palace.
Taj Mahal Photo # 25
Mumtaz is supposed to be buried in this garden pavilion of the ancient Hindu
palace (Ahu Mahal) 600 miles from Agra, in Burhanpur. Another version says
that Mumtaz's corpse was kept here exposed to sun, rain, and wild beasts for
six months. The date of her death, the date of her removal from Burhanpur to
Agra, and the date of her assumed burial in the Taj Mahal are all unknown
because the entire Taj Mahal-Mumtaz legend is a concoction from the
beginning to end. [Mumtaz was only one of several hundred wives and
women that Shahjahan kept in his harem.]

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