History of the Prachin Shiv Mandir at Agra – Part I (The Myth of the Taj Mahal)

Lazy and uninformed “historians” of Indian (commissioned by the British Raj) and British origin have done an outstanding job for over three centuries to whitewash our glorious Hindu heritage and relegate the contributions of our valorous Hindu kings to obscurity. A concerted effort to prevent one from learning about Hinduism, the oldest civilization in the universe, that is in reality, a way of life based on the sacred Advaita philosophy is one of the many evil machinations of the British.

 

The British led by Alexander Cunningham who was appointed as archaeological surveyor to oversee the conservation of historical sites in Akhanda Bharat spent his entire time conveniently converting every Hindu site that had been destroyed and desecrated by successive Muslim invaders and the British themselves as a non-Hindu establishment and marked it as an original Islamic structure. The fact that these sites were built over existing Hindu temples, palaces, halls and dharmashalas with every inch adorned with sculptures, intricate carvings, inscriptions in Brahmi and Sharada script, detailed panels depicting stories from the Puranas, the Ramayana and the Mahabharat, floral and foliage patterns and auspicious Hindu iconography like the OM and Swastika sitting in plain sight for all to see was ignored by him and his juniors.

 

Even today, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has accepted his notes and observations as final and has never made any effort to reinvestigate his work. It is this lackadaisical attitude that has led Indians to believe the fraudulent Muslim history of Akhanda Bharat.

 

The need to re-examine the lies spread about the so-called “glorious” Muslim reign in Akhanda Bharat is in order as is the need to revisit their “legendary architectural mastery”. Probably, the first structure that everyone is curious about is the “Taj Mahal” that was apparently built by Shah Jahan, a myth that has taken a strong romantic angle reaching astronomical proportions over the years.

 

According to the court records, Babur, after seizing control of Akhanda Bharat made Agra as the capital and lived in the “Taj Mahal”, 100 years before it was supposedly built as a mausoleum. In fact, Vincent Arthur Smith had even provided substantial evidence to prove that Babur had died in the “Taj Mahal” and is in one of the many chambers sealed by Shah Jahan.

 

Even Timur was enchanted by the splendour of this palace when he invaded Akhanda Bharat – a point that is in his journal. The Badshahnama, Shah Jahan’s court chronicle graphically describes how Shah Jahan began the cosmetic changes to a magnificent Hindu palace and temple spread over acres built by Raja Paramardi Dev of the Chandelas of Jejakabhukti. This palatial complex with a temple had already been occupied by Babur and his successors.

 

Another French traveller, Tavernier has also described in his notes that great pains were taken to make sufficient engravings on the walls of the Hindu palace to pass it off as a mausoleum with several chambers and storeys sealed off. The cost of the structure ballooned because of the amount of superficial tampering that had to be done by hundreds of artisans to make a huge palace with stables, living quarters, granaries, temple and bathing ghats to look like an Islamic construction.

 

In spite of their best efforts, it is not difficult for one to see the octagonal shape of what would have been the sanctum sanctorum or imagine the famed bejewelled railing whose design has been described in detail in the court journals of those Rajputs who served Akbar.

 

Written by Lakshmi Subramanian

 

* Information about the myth of the Taj Mahal is taken from archives

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