One of the seven wonders on earth, the beautiful, the majestic Taj Mahal is not thunderstorm proof. This 17th century Mahal has become one of the most visited sites in India. The symbol of love was hit by a thunderstorm on Wednesday night IST. One of the Minaret’s called the ‘ Darwaza-ae-Rauza’ fell down when the wind speed hit 100km/hour.
Darwaza-ae-Rauza is the Minaret where you get the first view of Taj Mahal from. The 12 foot pillar collapsed on Wednesday and the restoration work has already begun. According to the archaeological society of India the 12 foot pillar fell on a white dome , this resulted in destruction of both structures. They also stated that restoration work is underway and the place will be up and running in no time. In another statement issued by the society in January they mentioned that Taj Mahal is loosing it’s sheen due to the rising levels of pollution in Agra.
Also called the ‘Great Gate’ this is the main entrance to the garden of paradise. Due to it’s destruction by the thunderstorm, the entry to the monument has been stopped for sometime. It’s the royal gate from which you can catch the first glimpses of Taj Mahal.
The finest example of Mughal craftsmanship was commissioned in 1632 AD. It was built by Shah Jahan the emperor of India for housing the tomb of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. It’s said that Shah Jahan cut the hands of the craftsmen who designed the monument so that it was unique.
Every inch of Taj Mahal is so detailed and beautifully designed that you actually fall in love with the ‘symbol of love’. The shine of the marbel has decreased over the years due to increased pollution in the area. The acid rain is actually responsible for the yellowing of the monument.
We must act now to reduce this pollution which has given rise to Global warming, ozone layer depletion, changing temperature patterns and these thunderstorms.
Broken minarets can be repaired but the threat of pollution is real, it’s time to act otherwise our kids won’t have a Taj Mahal to visit.