Parts of the iconic Taj Mahal have suffered several damages after heavy thunderstorms over the days ravaged the northern parts of the country. A railing running below its five domes and the main gate has suffered damage due to the storm.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the country’s top tourist attraction has been shut since mid-March as part of measures to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The destruction was caused by a storm on Friday night. Pictures shared after the storm show the loss of property.
“One sandstone railing which was a part of the original structure has been damaged,” Superintending Archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India, Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, told AFP.
“One marble railing which was a later addition, a false ceiling in the tourist holding area and the base stone of the main gate has also been damaged.”
The main structure of the Taj Mahal, however, is safe. The Taj Mahal, was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth in 1631.
Local media reports said thunderstorms and lightning on Friday killed at least 13 people in two Uttar Pradesh districts.