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Agra: Before Donald Trump’s visit, Mumtaz Mahal and Shahjahan receive mud packs at their final resting place for the first time in 368 years | Agra News


AGRA: Replicas of the Mughal Mughal Emperor Shahjahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal undergo a treatment with a clay package for a “face wash” before the visit of US President Donald Trump to the monument of the century XVII on February 24.

Since the two were buried here 368 years ago (Mumtaz Mahal in 1631 and Shahjahan in 1666), this would be the first time that the replicas of their graves are being treated to look clean. The royal tombs of the royal couple, which must be austere than their false copies of marble, are located in a chamber below the crypt that contains them. True tombs open only for three days in a year for devotees who come to offer prayers during the Shahjahan Urs. The 22-step staircase that leads to the royal tombs is narrow and no visiting foreign dignitary in the past expressed a desire to see the royal tombs.

In confirming this, the superintendent archaeologist (scientific branch) of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), MK Bhatnagar, said that the mud treatment in the graves began last week and will end on Friday night.

Shah Jahan's grave

The clay packet treatment is based on a traditional mixture that Indian women use to restore their natural glow to the face. “A thick layer of lime-rich clay is plastered on the affected part and allowed to dry,” an official said, adding that when dried, the scales are removed from the surface with a soft brush and washed with distilled water to Remove impurities. .

The huge bronze spider installed on the graves has also been cleaned with “tamarind water”. The red sandstone platform at the royal gate, the Chameli floor, the central tank and the sides of the fountain roads inside the monument are also being cleaned.

In addition, the ASI has also undertaken cleaning the monument to a large extent to remove dark stains on the walls and floors.

Previously, a joint study to analyze the factors behind the discoloration of Taj Mahal by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, ASI and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) and the University of Wisconsin (Madison) based in USA UU. that air pollution is the real cause of damage to the monument. The study was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology in December 2014. According to the recommendation of the Permanent Parliamentary Commission in 2015, the scientific branch has carried out a scientific cleaning by using clay packet therapy to all the main mausoleum of Taj Mahal, including the minarets.

The monument had received the mud treatment five times in the past. While the first mud treatment was carried out in 1994, the second and third were administered in 2001 and 2008. In May 2014 to get rid of decades of paan and gutkha stains left by visitors on the interior walls of the building of world heritage. . In February 2019, the four minarets and the north side of the Taj Mahal again received a new mud treatment.

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