Qutb Minar a Hindu Temple? Conspiracy?

I have been researching this brilliant monument called Qutb Minar – historians say that this fantastic tower was built by a Muslim ruler called Qutb al-Din Aibak also known as Qutb-ud-din, about 800 years ago. This site is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site because it full of Islamic structures like India’s first mosque, the Qutb Minar and tombs of famous Mughal kings. However, were these structures really built by Muslim kings?

Now let’s take a good look at these structures, they are definitely Islamic structures. You can see the domes on top, verses of Quran in Arabic carved on the walls, and typical Mughal designs all over the structure. There should be absolutely no doubt in your mind that these were built by  Muslim rulers. Or were they? Watch the video to find out!

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The Forbidden Bathroom of the Queen of Taj Mahal

Hey guys, I am gonna show you a sneak peek into the bathroom of Mumtaz Mahal. Historians say that this queen inspired the construction of Taj Mahal. If you stand on any corner of this structure, and light up candles, you can see these amazing patterns emerging on the ceiling. This is really brilliant and the reason for this is because the entire ceiling is covered with thousands of tiny mirrors. Queen Mumtaj would be lying in a bathtub at the middle of this bathroom and her maids would move the candles just like what we see today, on all the corners. And she would enjoy these visuals of sparkling lights.

In addition to this, there were musicians who were playing different musical instruments while she was taking a bath. Even the walls in this 400 year old structure, were designed to produce different sounds when tapped on. Now keep in mind, no men were allowed inside this building, but a group of Eunuch musicians were employed to play these instruments for the queen.

The walls are also full of many different carvings and paintings. Here you can see a painting of a  coffee plant with bright red coffee cherries. It looks so bright because artists powdered Ruby, a semiprecious stone and used it to paint these cherries. They’ve also used other stones like Malachite in this building. Here you can see a carving of a grape vine with plenty of grapes. It is reported that she and the king loved drinking grape wine together.

This is the original bathtub she used. It is made of marble, built with a fountain jet in the center. This was a Jacuzzi, built 400 years ago. How did these fountains work without electricity? The water will fall from the tank on top, and the pressure would make the fountain work.

So, why did the King order that the bathroom’s ceiling be adorned with thousands of mirrors? Why were these mirrors imported from Syria, to ensure they were of the best quality? The King Shahjahan could never get enough of this woman, and he would watch the thousands of images of her, on these mirrors while she was in the bath tub. Even today, you can see a thousand images of a person standing in this room. Imagine the visual effect that would have created. This is why this building is called Sheesh Mahal, which means “Palace of Mirrors”.

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Oldest Carving of Bodhidharma discovered – Proves his Origin

Hey guys, I am at Mahabalipuram cave temples in India and here we can see the oldest depiction of Bodhidharma, carved at least 1300 years ago. Bodhidharma is a very mysterious figure and has statues all over China and Japan and is considered the founder of martial arts at the Shaolin temple. He is an iconic figure among Buddhist monks. All ancient Chinese texts agree that he came from a foreign country, but experts are not sure if he was from Iran or from India. This confusion exists because Bodhidharma came from a kingdom called the Pallava Kingdom. There are 2 kingdoms which existed under the same name, one in Iran and another in India. But this 1300 year old carving puts this confusion to rest, because it is the oldest carving of Bodhidharma that has ever been found and is found at the heart of the Pallava Kingdom in India which proves that he is in fact from India.

We can see that he is wearing a long head dress that extends to his legs and is shown with a beard and mustache, typical of Bodhidharma’s depiction in China and Japan. However, the most important feature is his extremely large eyes which are shown almost popping out. The reason for this is because Bodhidharma did not have any eyelids. This was his distinct feature. And we can see that Bodhidharma is shown holding a long stick, which was the only thing that he ever carried around.

If we look around in this temple, this figure is sharply in contrast with all other figures in this monument. All other saints are clean shaven and are shown with their palms together. However, Bodhidharma is shown with a beard and mustache. This is definitely not a carving of a layman, because he is shown standing on top of a temple tower, such a depiction is only given to people who are saints or kings.  And the beauty of this carving is that it shows Bodhidharma when he was young, because he left India in his early twenties.

So, who was this Bodhidharma, and why did he travel to China? A Chinese disciple of Bodhidharma, by the name of Tanlin, clearly describes his origin in a book written around 550 A.D. He has written that Bodhidharma was a South Indian of the western region, and was the third son of a great Indian king. Also, the author Tsutomu Kambe mentions that Bodhidharma came from a city called (香至) Kang-zhi, which is actually pronounced as Kanchi in India. The city of Kanchi was the capital of Pallava Kingdom, which is located less than 50 miles from this carving. Bodhidharma’s real name was Jayavarman, a prince of the Pallava dynasty, who renounced his luxuries to become a monk. He then traveled to China where he taught various specialties including meditation, martial arts and medicine. I am Praveen Mohan, thanks a lot for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe and I will talk to you soon. Bye.