A day after the pinnacle of a minaret of the Taj Mahal – the top-most pointed structure atop the minarets – was found displaced, officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) began work to restore it on Tuesday.
There was a brief scare when workers found the pinnacle lying on a cleaning platform surrounding the south western minaret, giving rise to speculations that the structure had fallen off. However, the ASI promptly confirmed that the pinnacle was removed as its structure had weakened, partly because of monkeys that managed to reach up there.
“The supporting iron rod within the minaret has become weak due to rust and it has to be replaced. Besides, fresh mortar would be used to hold the pinnacle at the top of the minaret,” ASI’ s conservation assistant at Taj Mahal, Ram Ratan said, adding the same pinnacle would be placed back.
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