The marble railing of the main mausoleum and red sandstone railings suffered damage due to #thunderstorm #TajMahal #Agrahttps://t.co/BtxQSqbOoC— The Hindu (@the_hindu) May 31, 2020
According to reports, the marble railing of the main mausoleum and red stone railings suffered damage due to thunderstorms. Some trees, within the premises, were also uprooted.
#TajMahal. Taj mahal’s railing has fallen due to storm . ASI rushed to the site to assess the damage. pic.twitter.com/GubaneJCqZ— 💝🌷🌺jaggirmRanbir🌺🌷💝 (@jaggirm) May 31, 2020
In an interview, ASI Superintending Archaeologist Basant Kumar Swarnkar said:
Some trees on the premises were uprooted and one door was damaged. The false ceiling in the mausoleum was also uprooted.
He further added:
There has been damage to the ticket area at the western gate and frisking gates. Part of the marble railing at the back of the main mausoleum towards river Yamuna fell and two panels of red sandstone railings also suffered damage.
ASI, director general V Vidyavathi, rushed to the monument to assess the damage caused last night.
Damage to Taj Mahal in yesterday’s hailstorm and gusty wind. pic.twitter.com/Xq5akQgqk5— Arvind Chauhan (@arvindcTOI) May 30, 2020
Though, this is not the first time that the Taj Mahal has been damaged due to thunderstorms.
In 2018, during the month of April and May, minarets on the royal and south gates of Taj Mahal and the finial of the Shahi mosque were damaged during a storm.