Taj Mahal, one of the modern wonders of the world, is indeed a pleasing vista for us.
History remembers it as great monument built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz.
But few question this fact. Yes, there are several conspiracy theories revolving around this ancient master piece.
And one of the theories tell different story altogether. As per the research, this iconic architectural marvel is not an ultimate display of eternal love but a Hindu temple called Tejo Mahalaya. He claimed that this structure was originally not a mausoleum. It was an ancient Hindu Temple dedicated to worship Lord Shiva.
Famous researcher and professor P.N Oak is the one who has suggested this theory.
He suggested that this is a temple palace and not a tomb. He backed his point by saying that the word Mahal is used to describe a royal palace and not a tomb.He also revealed that the famous love story of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan is a fairy tale developed by court sycophants. He has given out all his details in his book named Tajmahal: The True Story.
This theory has slight backing from the Indian history of capturing rival’s temples or mansions and transforming them and use as a burial place for dead courtiers.
He even filed petition demanding that Taj Mahal should be declared as Hindu Monument and to determine the reality they should allow to open cenotaphs and sealed apartments to find out lingams and other evidences but in the year 2000 India’s Supreme Court dismissed Oak’s petition.
Later on again this case was opened up by Amar Nath Mishra who said that the Taj Mahal was built by the Hindu King Parmar Dev in 1196.
If this is true then whole legend will be tossed over.
So the million dollar question will always loom whether Taj Mahal is the epitome of love or is it humongous lie by propagandists?
The true story will always be mystery for us.