India’s historic Taj Mahal, once a symbol of love in the world, is once again in controversy and hotly debated on social media. The controversy over the Taj Mahal began after the release of PN Oak’s book “The Taj Mahal: The True Story” in 1989. The author claims that the original monument was built-in 1155 – decades before the Muslim invasion of India.
PN Oak claims that the palace of the Shiva temple had been usurped by Shah Jahan from the Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. Shah Jahan then rebuilt the palace into a monument to his wife.
Purushottam Nagesh Oak, also known as PN Oak, who has shaped the history of India through modern secularism, claims that both Christianity and Islam are derived from Hinduism.
Among his notable claims were that Christianity and Islam are derived from Hinduism; that the Vatican, the Kaaba, Westminster Abbey and the Taj Mahal were once Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva.
Historian PN Oak claims apart from Taj Mahal
- The Vatican, the Kaaba, Westminster Abbey and Notre Dame were once Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva.
- He also claimed that Christianity and Islam were derived from Hinduism and that the papacy was originally a Vedic priesthood.
- Christianity was originally a Vedic religion that followed Krishna, and he claims that Christianity was originally known as either Chrisn-nity or Krishna-Neeti.
In the 1980s, he headed the Institute for the Rewriting of Indian History, which published a quarterly publication.
PN Oak argued that the Vatican and the Kaaba were originally Hindu temples, and even Westminster Abbey was one in the past. Although he was criticized for his theories, his claims were sometimes confirmed. The Taj Mahal theory is his most popular theory, in which he claims that the Taj Mahal was in fact the temple of Shiva, Tejo Mahal.
PN Oak has written nine books in English, 13 in Marathi and eight in Hindi. A book which summarizes the study of his life is titled ‘World Vedic Heritage: A History of Histories, Presenting a Unique Unified Field Theory Forum Beginning of the Time of the World Practiced Vedic and Spoken Sanskrit’ for the common people who have learned about him. I have not heard anything, a list of Oak’s books that were published in English may be placed before him, which may acquaint people with the content of his thoughts.
PN Oak’s books
- The Taj Mahal was a Rajput Palace, 1965.
- Indian Kshatriyas once ruled from Bali to Baltic & Korea to Kaba, 1966.
- The rationale of astrology, 1967.
- Who says Akbar was great, 1968.
- Bhārata meṃ Muslim Sultān, 1968.
- Some Missing Chapters of World History, 1973.
- Lucknow’s imambaras are Hindu palaces, 1976.
- Delhi’s Red Fort is Hindu Lalkot, 1976.
- Christianity is Chrisn-nity, 1979.
- World Vedic heritage: a history of histories: presenting a unique unified field theory of history that from the beginning of time the world practiced Vedic culture and spoke Sanskrit, 1984.
- Fatehpur Sikri ek Hindu Nagri, 2008.
Who was PN Oak?
P.N. Oak was born into a Maharashtra Brahmin family, where his father spoke to him only in Sanskrit, his mother only in English, his relationship in Marathi, and the townspeople in Hindi. This allowed him to be fluent in these four languages from childhood.
After earning a bachelor’s degree, Oak worked as an English teacher at Ferguson College in Pune, and later joined the army at the age of 24 and was sent to Singapore at the age of 24. After the capitulation of Great Britain, Oak was one of the organizers of the Indian National Army, director and commentator of Radio Free India in Saigon, and later a member of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. After World War II, Oak hitchhiked from Singapore to Calcutta through the border jungles of several countries.
From 1947 to 1974, his profession was predominantly journalism, working for the Hindustan Times and Stateman, a Class I officer in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India and an editor in the information service of the US Embassy, all in New Delhi.