Agra: The beauty of Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most beautiful and beloved structures, could not be described in words. The carvings on the main tomb add to the overall ambience of the iconic monument. It is important to maintain the priceless possession of the site but unfortunately it has been recently discovered that gems carved on the walls are falling. As a result of which the beauty of the magnificent work of the artists’ has turned the wall an unpleasant look. The carving on the walls is the most spectacular feature of the tomb for which it is called as the eighth wonder of the world.

Historians believe that to give an incredible shape to the tomb, artists and sculptors were called from the foreign countries. The main tomb made in marble has gems and precious stones carved on it. The flower motifs and patterns glorify the centrally located tomb.

As per the information provided, every floral design was carved with 64 stones. The number goes up to 85 if we add the stones carved on the leaves. The tombs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan have unique floral patterns along with gem stones carved on them. But the stones and gems are found to be falling from the walls.
If sources are to believed, from many years thousands of valuable stones and gems have fallen. On observing closely it seems that the patterns are incomplete.

According to experts, with each passing time the clay mixture used for inlay work during the constriction becomes weak. This is the reason that stones lose grip and start falling. Cracks can be seen on many of the larger stones. The poor condition of the walls has not moved the ASI officials to take some action. However, no firm action has been taken in this regard so far.

ASI’s Superintendent Archaeologist (Agra circle) I D Dwivedi said, “Stones often fall from Taj Mahal’s walls and tombs with time but time and again repair and maintenance work is done. The visiting tourists often touch the stones which is also one of the reasons, why the stones grip weakens and they fall after sometime.”