Friday, May 6, 2011

Temple or Tomb?

Taj mahal-

I lived in Agra for 3 years when I was a kid. Visited the Taj Mahal countless times, and every time it looked more beautiful, more awe-inspiring. I remember asking my mom if I could buy those tiny replicas of the wonderful monument they sold almost everywhere in Agra. Mom refused. “We can’t have a mausoleum in the house”, she said, with a frown on her face.

I agreed with the logic, mausoleums represent dead people, why would I want it in the house. Years later however, I found out that the beautiful Taj is not a mausoleum, and moreover, it was a temple!!

A temple for Lord Shiva, no less.
There was this book written by Prof.P.N. Oak.. who says there are a couple of locked rooms one of which has a beheaded statue of Lord Shiva, and points out the architectural motifs like ‘OM’ carved into the flowers and the pinnacle of the tomb shaped like a ‘kalash’.

for more information, check this link:

Taj Mahal

I wondered why this story didn’t come out and make huge news, especially in a country where every silly little thing becomes a breaking story. On the other hand, if this does become an issue, what are the repercussions going to be – another Babri masjid like bloodshed? Though it is outrageous that a temple was seized by force and turned into a tomb, is it worth fighting over something that happened centuries ago?

We’ll never know for sure whether it’s Tejo Mahalaya, the grand Hindu temple, or Taj Mahal , a Muslim queen’s tomb, but its beauty will forevermore be etched in the minds of humanity.

Temple.. tomb.. whatever.. best to let it remain in peace!


Mr.Cheetah said...

Lets call it as a Temple. Not a Hindu temple, but temple of Love :D

neha said...

yaaayy temple of love toooo maachhh