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The Taj Mahal is Indias biggest tourist draw. It is renowned for its magnificent architecture and historic significance. The stunning mausoleum stands as an epitome of the glorious Mughal architectural style and takes you back to a majestic era. One look at the Taj Mahal makes you think that it is not just breathtakingly beautiful but also pretty formidable. However, nature can shatter the confidence and strength of the toughest of monuments and people. This was evident when the marvelous monument in Agra encountered heavy rains and high wind speed last night, as a result of which one of the minarets inside the Taj Mahal crashed and broke the dome on its top to pieces. ALSO SEE Suhana Khan Visited The Taj Mahal With Her Gang of Friends! VIEW PICS Also Read - Holi Gone Wrong: 17 Injured as Two Groups Erupt Into Clashes in Uttar Pradesh
The pillar in question here is a 12-feet metal pillar called Darwaza-e-Rauza. It was installed at the entry gate and stood strong till the 100 km per hour wind speed knocked it down. According to sources, the pillar fell just after midnight on Thursday, the 12th of April. The previous night, winds of over 130 km per hour swept Agra. The 40-minute heavy rainfall also affected the main monument.
The Taj Mahal, like most major monuments of India, is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. However, it had temporarily stopped the restoration work in the Taj Mahal in October 2017 citing word from experts who believed that usage of repeated mud packs on Taj Mahals white marble may weaken its structure. The ASI had sought help from engineers at the Indian Institute of Technology to come up with a solution. CHECK OUT Archaeologists are Figuring out How to Clean the Taj Mahal
Also, since the Waqf board declared the Taj Mahal its property, the ASI had appealed to the Supreme Court asking to sort out the Taj Mahal ownership status. In the same matter, the Supreme Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board, to show documents signed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, to prove that it owns the Taj Mahal.