Purushottam Nagesh Oak: An example of Historical Revisionism or Wild Claims:

Historical revisionism is met by reinterpretation of historical records and changing views about the major historical events.In Historiography, this reinterpretation has seen a major trend and continues to be a process of refining the history and myth-history.

Are they just wild claims or backed by some genuine reasoning, logic and proof or just some illogical logic put into to declare something which it really isn’t. Ancient Hindu Mythology has been a target of this practice from so long, partly due to its richness in texts and monuments and freedom to interpret, backed by some stupid logic most of the times and by anyone and everyone who wish to do it.

Purushottam Nagesh Oak (2 March 1917 – 4 December 2007) was an Indian writer and thinker, famous for his Historical Revisionism on Hindu Mythology and Hindu History. Born in Indore, Oak worked as an Assistant to Subhash Chandre Bose and later as an ADC


to General J.R. Bhonsle, chief of Indian National Army. He also worked as a Journalist in leading daily and spent his time writing about Hindu-centered historical revisionism. He is also credited with starting an organisation called ”Institute for Rewriting Indian History.”

As the term in Historiography says it, Oak is famous for his many theories over various religions and linking them back to Hindu Myth-History. Oak, over the years saw received praises and negative remarks over his research and claims that he so profoundly believed. Some of his many claims were:

Christianity or Krishna-neeti:

Now, these words may sound very familiar but can this be attributed to something eerily familiar in origin too? Phonetics being regarded as a basis of linking two widely followed religions is nothing but trying to hit the jackpot without knowing the target. He claimed that Christianity was a religion which followed Krishna and could have been called Crisn-nity or Krishna-neeti, (The way of Krishna” or “The Justice of Lord Krishna) and the so-common belief and claim that Jesus visited Kashmir (Indian) was to learn the ways of Krishna to seek peace and later taught the same teachings to his disciples before dying and injecting the same virtues in his followers.


Also in lines with what I call, Phonetic Interpretation to date back history and interpret it in the name of Historic Revisionism was “Oak’s other theories and claims that the Vatican was allegedly originally called Vatika and that the Papacy was originally a “Vedic Priesthood” until Constantine the Great around 312 A.D killed the “Vedic pontiff” and installed in his place a representative of the tiny Christian sect.” (Wikipedia Link to P.N.Oak) And I cannot simply present my views and claim that one of the articles that I wrote linking many of the religions to Hindu Religion, which I believe I have the most knowledge about, If I compare my knowledge on other religions is simply an act of connecting the dots. The Parallels And Similarities Between Greek Mythology And Hindu Mythology or There is a THREE in every religion ! Similarities are a common thing and refining the smalls which are similar and neglecting the biggies which are not, is no Interpretation.

Taj Mahal or Tejo Mahalaya:

I need not be very specific on how famous this claim is. Author, Ashwin Sanghi was so positive about this very claim cum theory that he included it as one of the many theories that he has attributed in the continuation of his main story-line in his Novel, The Krishna Key.

Oak, in his Book: Taj Mahal: The True Story, claimed that Taj Mahal was originally a Hindu Rajput temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva which was seiqzed by Shah Jahan and converted into a tomb. Not just the fact that many English writers have written articles over Taj Mahal being laid and built in Hindu temple style and the plan of Prambanan Temple finds similarities in its design and architecture to the Taj Mahal, to the octagonal shape of the Taj Mahal which he believed accompany Hindu significance, because Hindus alone have special names for the eight directions and the celestial guards assigned to them. He argues that the finial of the Taj Mahal is a trishula with a Kalasha, holding two bent mango leaves and a coconut, which is a sacred Hindu motif.

A petition was also signed in this regard, multiple times and was dismissed with a strict abandoning of Oak’s books and research from Parliament’s Library to avoid any kind of Hindu-Muslim riot. This act has also been attributed by the very fact that the findings were true and the government was more afraid of riots than accepting the reality. Truth is still something everybody is searching for. There are innumerable theories and the curiosity can surely keep you going into finding more.

  • Vatican and the Papacy are Hindu derivatives (Vatican came from Vatika)
  • Stonehenge (England) is also originally a Hindu structure.
  • Islam is actually a derivative of Hinduism.
  • Kabba is a Hindu structure/temple.
  • Arabia was visited by Vikramaditya (Indian King)
  • All civilizations were born in India.
  • Red fort is originally a Hindu structure.


Circulation of these claims in the form of social networking and blog writing, a deep understanding is a must before adopting. Neglecting something paves way for finding reasons to study more but accepting it at one glance closes the door for further understanding.


Series of Images brought out by Oak and other sources to validate the claim of Taj Mahal being a Hindu Temple:

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Some stills of which I have no intention to deep study due to my lack of knowledge on the subject and sidelining the point that they are not even accepted by minors leaves a bow in your hand to decide whether these were genuine Historical Revisionism or just wild claims? Shoot an arrow to the target or shoot it anywhere to make everything as your target, Your Choice!

Direct Link to Download some of the books written by P.N.Oak:

Do let me know about your views on direct links, mails or comment sections.


7 thoughts on “Purushottam Nagesh Oak: An example of Historical Revisionism or Wild Claims:

  1. Looks and reads less of a Historical Revisionism and more of a a guy who played Einstein of this time. Certainly now now. Maybe in future, we shall see the advents. No science though, only of Mythology or Myth-History as you called it Man.

    Loved your article. Keep posting more.


    1. Hey,
      Glad you liked it.
      I left that part for the reads to read, understand and decide. Though, on personal front, I feel the same. Who knows, this man might have said true things and the facts of today are just so not enough to prove them.


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