Is Taj Mahal in India really a Temple? This is the question which has been popping up in many people’s minds since ages now. While there are some who believe that it was originally built as a temple, but converted into an extravagant mausoleum by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan later, there are others who claim that it wasn’t even built at all! In this article, we explore these controversies surrounding Taj Mahal and its actual identity, whether it’s an actual Temple or not!
What is a temple?
A temple is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities, such as prayer and sacrifice. Often it is used as a place for worship or devotion, as well as to provide shelter for clergy and worshippers. A temple is generally considered by believers to be the house of God (or gods). Temples often contain idols, relics, or other such objects associated with specific deities that are venerated there. In Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism temples are often simple structures with little ornamentation and few walls—they serve as focal points for worship rituals rather than places of repose. In many of these religions, there may be an elaborate but less central shrine containing a symbol or image which represents or is connected with God.
Wasn’t Akbar a Muslim?
Akbar was not an orthodox Muslim. He had many wives and killed his eldest son. Akbar’s official religion is Sunni Islam, but he also patronized other religions, including Zoroastrianism and Hinduism. He fought against Islamic fanatics like Abdul Haq Ghazi who wanted to overthrow him in favor of a more pure form of Islam. Some claim that in building his palace at Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar used stone from temples destroyed by earlier Muslim invaders, hence making it a temple. for more info visit
Why did they build it in Agra then?
There are no records about why Shah Jahan chose Agra for his burial place, though many believe that he was moved by his mother’s memory. Mumtaz-i-Mahal died in 1631 after giving birth to her 14th child, Gauhara Begum. The prime minister at that time was Shah Jahan’s trusted friend and advisor, Khwaja Ahsan Khan. On hearing of Mumtaz-i-Mahal’s death, he sent an official letter to Shah Jahan asking him to return home immediately.
Ancient Hindu Temples built on riverside
In ancient India, temples were built alongside rivers, so that people could come to offer their prayers and get cleansed of their sins in these holy waters. Many such river-side temples still exist in India today. An example is one such temple located on the banks of Yamuna River at Varanasi, also known as Kashi and Benaras, which has been attracting pilgrims from all over for thousands of years. Such river-side temples are unique in that they are naturally protected from calamities like earthquakes by virtue of being built alongside rivers.
Digging deeper into its architectural roots
There are many articles that start out by saying, The Taj Mahal is known as one of India’s architectural wonders, it is magnificent and beautiful. It sits on top of an island in the middle of a river. And it was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal… But to truly understand its origin, we need to dig deeper into its architectural roots. First off, what exactly is architecture and what are some examples from other cultures? Architecture can be defined as art or science that is concerned with designing and building buildings and their components such as furniture and fittings together with all associated engineering systems such as foundations, services, etc.