Sudden change of weather and thunderstorm led to damages in Taj Mahal’s gates.
The overnight thunderstorm came in Agra on Wednesday.
Met department said that winds blowing at 130 km/h damaged the pillars of the royal and southern gates of the Taj.
Taj Mahal is a Mughal-era monument which has been declared as one of the Seven Wonders of the World as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is also said that a north-west pillar on top of the royal gate and a flower vase in stone and a brass filial were brought down in the thunderstorm.
This was also confirmed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Taj Mahal.
Sources said that similarly, losses were reported from southern gate of the monument.
It is said that a red sand stone flower vase at Sahindi Begum Makbara also broke and fell.
Assessment will be done at other heritage structures in Agra district which has 198 ASI-protected structures so far.
Most prominent amongst those include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.>
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