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Taj Mahal was Tejomahalaya

Deccan Chronicle , Dec 26, 2000

Taj Mahal was Tejo Mahalaya, claims website

New Delhi, Dec. 25: It is more than often that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, its offshoot the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, and the notorious youth wing, the Bajrang Dal, have been professing and believing that the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the world is actually a temple.

They trash the story that it is a mausoleum built by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal and insist that actually it has been built upon the debris of a temple called the Tejo Mahalaya, after the temple was - no prize for guessing - destroyed by the `tyrannical' Muslim rulers.

It is slightly wondrous that a website called in its sublink `Taj Mahal - a Hindu Temple-Palace' says the same thing and with greater zeal. It furnishes every bit of proof found under the sun and states that there are `109 proofs and logical points which tell us that the structure known as the Taj Mahal is actually Tejo Mahalaya'. However, in the actual listing, there are only 108 proofs displayed. The site says that the most valuable evidence of all that Tejo Mahalaya is not an Islamic building is in the Badshahnama which contains the history of the first 20 years of Shah Jahan?s reign.

It says, `the writer Abdul Hamid has stated that Taj Mahal is a temple- palace taken from Jaipur's Maharaja Jai Singh and the building was known as Raja Man Singh?s palace. This by itself is enough proof to state that Tejo Mahalaya is a Hindu structure captured, plundered and converted to a mausoleum by Shah Jahan and his henchmen.? The venom is obvious, the agenda is apparent, and the intent highly suspect. No where does the site mention the names of the RSS, the VHP or the Bajrang Dal but goes on to describe in choicest terms `Islamic tyranny and perversion' with striking similarity to the canards spread by the Sangh Parivar. The site reproduces a letter by Aurangazeb to Shah Jahan in Persian in which apparently the former has unintentionally revealed the true identity of the Taj Mahal as a Hindu Temple. According to satyamevajayate, these proofs in favour of the Taj being a Hindu temple have been provided by a writer called P N Oak.

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