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Friday, January 18, 2008

The Wonder Of The Taj Mahal

Here's the "official" story as written on Wikipedia about the Taj Mahal:

"The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, that was built under Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal."

However, an alternate theory speculates that this story is just that--a story!

The alternative version goes like this:

"This story has been challenged by Professor P.N. Oak, author of Taj Mahal: The True Story, who believes that the whole world has been duped. He claims that the Taj Mahal is not Queen Mumtaz Mahal's tomb, but an ancient Hindu temple palace of Lord Shiva (then known as Tejo Mahalaya), worshipped by the Rajputs of Agra city.

In the course of his research, Oak discovered that the Shiva temple palace had been usurped by Shah Jahan from then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. Shah Jahan then remodelled the palace into his wife's memorial. In his own court chronicle, Badshahnama, Shah Jahan admits that an exceptionally beautiful grand mansion in Agra was taken from Jai Singh for Mumtaz's burial. The ex-Maharaja of Jaipur is said to retain in his secret collection two orders from Shah Jahan for the surrender of the Taj building." Read the rest by clicking here.

Whatever the truth, this huge structure is a testament to BALANCE and BEAUTY! Our small group were awestruck by this edifice. Having only seen photos of it, we never imagined the hordes of people walking around and perched in corners everywhere. (See photos). But then again, we should have considered that we were in India after all where people seem to be everywhere! And since this is one of the Great World Wonders, is it any wonder that so many would want to experience this beautiful building and grounds?








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Posted by Kuanyin Moi at 6:37 PM

6 Comments

  • Anonymous Lifecruiser posted at 12:51 AM  
    You know what's really strange about Taj Mahal and me? I've heard soooo much about it and even though I do think that's it's a very, very interesting place and architecture, I've never felt the urge to go there. And I really don't know why. I just don't have the wish to go there. It's really weird. But then again, I'm weird ;-)

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    Interesting alternative theory about The Taj Mahal.

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  • Anonymous blushingscribe posted at 10:43 PM  
    this is definitely a shocker for most of us who believe the romantic story behind Taj Mahal. You are right to say that no mater what lies beneath the story, the place is just so overwhelmingly stunning and perfect for those who want to deepen their spirituality.
  • Anonymous blushingscribe posted at 10:47 PM  
    this is definitely a shocker for most of us who believe the romantic story behind Taj Mahal. You are right to say that no mater what lies beneath the story, the place is just so overwhelmingly stunning and perfect for those who want to deepen their spirituality.
  • Blogger Papiloa posted at 3:19 AM  
    The Taj Mahal is just magnificent...and to think the Shah wanted to build a black one across the ravine there in Agra.

    If you haven't been, go!! This is a must see before you move into the next world.
  • Blogger LUIZ SANTILLI JR. posted at 12:33 PM  
    Beautiful shots!

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    Have a Happy Easter!

    Luiz
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