My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The less said about Ashwin Shanghi aka Shawn Haigins the better. Unlike Amish and Dan Brown he interprets the past in his own bizarre way. He mixes myth, history, religion, Vedas, scriptures with his half baked so called research from Wikipedia and other dubious sources and is hell bent on proving that Hinduism is the best religion and India is the Best country and these are the cradle of first civilization. According to him Jesus tomb is in Kashmir (the Rozabal Line), Shiv is Vish (Vishnu) and Vish is shiv, Noah is naav (the krishna key) blah blah blah. I never heard Shiv is Vishnu or vice versa. I think you get the picture. But the award for the absurd goes to this exchange between Saini and Radhika:- (view spoiler)[”But the final line, Shankar elated, does not fit in. The Taj Mahal has nothing to do with Shankar—or Shiv.’ Saini smiled. ‘Don’t you want to know what Raja Man Singh’s palace in Agra was called?’ ‘What?’ asked Radhika, completely perplexed. ‘It was called Tejo Mahalay,’ replied Saini. ‘Tejo Mahalay? What does it mean?’ asked Radhika. ‘It literally translates to the Great Abode of Tej. The Rajput and Jat kings of the time used to call Shiv by the name Tejaji,’ explained Saini. ‘Hence the name of the palace meant Great Abode of Shiv. Calling a palace the residence of a deity was fashionable among Hindu royalty. Even today you can visit Udaipur and drop in at the Shiv Niwas Palace—again literally meaning the very same thing—the Abode of Shiv.’ ‘Are you trying to tell me that the name Taj Mahal is derived from Tejo Mahalay and not from Mumtaz Mahal’s name?’ asked Radhika. ‘Oh, absolutely,’ replied Saini. ‘Read the Badshah-nama. Her real name was Arjumand Banu Begum also known as Mumtaz-ul-Zamani. The term Mumtaz Mahal was not used even,’ replied Sir Khan— ‘How?’ asked Radhika. ‘The temple on the palace grounds of Raja Man Singh was dedicated to Agreshwar Mahadev Nagnatheshwar. The city derived its name from Agreshwar—yet another name for Shiv,’ replied Saini. (hide spoiler)]. How cool is that. Can anybody beat it? And somebody told me it is simply copy pasted from some Wikipedia entry as is most of his other so called research.
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