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Thunderstorm In Agra Causes Damage To Taj Mahal

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A thunderstorm hit northern India, causing destruction in some major sections of the historic Taj Mahal complex in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, which includes the massive main entrance to the relic and a railing that is placed below its five domes.

India’s top tourist location and one of the seven wonders of the world had already been shit down due to the lockdown of public places for the prevention of coronavirus, so there were no casualties.

However, restoration work had begun as soon as the rains were over. Photos regulating the social media showed workers assessing and fixing the railing of the main mausoleum, on Friday.

The official from Archaeological Survey of India said that one sandstone railing which was a part of the original structure has been damaged, along with a later railing made of marble and a false ceiling holding the tourist space.

He also confirmed that there was no damage done to the main structure, the monument of love that Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built as a tomb for his beloved, Mumtaz Mahal, who died while childbirth in 1631.

The amount that needs to be invested in the repairing of the Mughal relic is estimated at around Rs 2 million and could take up to a month of labour after the marble is brought in from Rajhastan, reported the Archaeological Survey.

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