22 years, 20,000 workers – that’s the amount of time and labor force that was required for building Taj Mahal – at least that is what we have been taught since childhood about this 7th wonder of world. Yes, Taj Mahal – the epitome of love has intrigued us since our childhood but barely did we know that all that is being said about Taj Mahal has been a part of a big conspiracy. Taj Mahal was not made by Shahjahan. It was in fact a Hindu temple of Lord Shiva. This listicle article titled 60 interesting Taj Mahal conspiracy facts is going to shed some light and prove that Taj Mahal was by no means a product of Muslim architecture. Let us begin right from the first mentions of Taj Mahal.
Interesting Taj Mahal Conspiracy Facts: 1-10
1. 22 years and 20,000 men – these figures come from a book titled ‘Travels in India’ by a French jewel merchant by the name J.B. Tavernier. Tavernier traveled to India six time from 1638 to 1668 during the time of Shivaji.
2. Tavernier wrote the book where he mentioned that he witnessed the commencement, construction and completion of Taj Mahal. Dr. Ball translated the book in English in 1889 and made several corrections to previous translations and studied Tavernier’s voyages in details from which he deduced that Tavernier went to Agra only twice. First time was in 1640-41 winters and next time in 1665.
3. According to historians, Mumtaz – Shahjahan’s wife died in 1631 and almost immediately after her death, Shahjahan commissioned the construction of Taj Mahal. The question is: “If Tavernier’s first visit to Agra was in 1640-41, which is 10 years after Mumtaz’s death, how come he witnessed the commencement of Taj Mahal’s construction?”
4. According to historians, Shahjahan was imprisoned by Aurangzeb in 1658 and no historian ever said that Aurangzeb completed the construction of Taj Mahal. This simply means that Tavernier did not even witness the completion of Taj Mahal. Thus the figures: “22 years and 20,000 men” as mentioned in Tavernier’s book are questionable.
5. Purushottam Nagesh Oak (P. N. Oak) brings out several interesting facts that are usually missed by everyone. According to P.N. Oak, Taj Mahal has no mention in chronicles of Mogul court – not during Shahjahan and not even during Aurangzeb.
6. Taj Mahal ends with the word ‘mahal’. Mahal as an ending of a building’s name is not at all a Muslim tradition. None of the Muslim countries in the world have another building whose name ends the word ‘mahal’. It was said that Taj Mahal derived its unusual name from Mumtaz Mahal – Shahjahan’s wife. Problem is that her name was not Mumtaj Mahal and neither Mumtaz Mahal (notice the use of ‘j’ and ‘z’). Her name was Mumtaz-ul-Zamani. Importantly, in order to name a building after a lady, it was against Muslim rituals of truncating out the first three letter of the name. In this case it is ‘Mum’. On top of that, her name was ‘Mumtaz’ (with a z at the end). Thus, even if Shahjahan truncated out the first three letters, why was the building named Taj and not Taz? There is no explanation to this unusual naming.
7. Many Europeans who visited India during the time of Shahjahan, called the building as Taj-e-Mahal, which is aligned with the ancient Sanskrit name Tej-o-Mahalaya which simply means temple of Lord Shiva. Moreover, if Taj Mahal was burial place, how can the word ‘mahal’ be attached to it? Mahal literally means mansion and not a cenotaph or a tomb. Finally, the words Taj and Mahal are both of Sanskrit origins. Did Shahjahan really want to have the tomb of his beloved wife using words that originated in Sanskrit?
8. People need to remove their shoes while entering Taj Mahal. Why? Wearing shoes is necessary while entering cemetery even in Muslim traditions. Shoes are removed only when one enters a temple.
9. The cenotaph’s base slab is plain white marble basement but the superstructure of the base has inlaid creepers design. The creepers design is also visible on the 3 cenotaphs on the other two floors. This clearly indicates that the original marble pedestal of Lord Shiva was never removed and that the cenotaphs of Mumtaz are fake.
10. The number 108 holds a very important significance in Hindu traditions. It is considered a sacred number. The upper border of the marble lattice has exactly 108 carved pitchers – a complete Hindu tradition.