Taj Mahal Rooms Photos: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has released photos of the 22 underground rooms of Taj Mahal in an attempt to shutdown any controversy surrounding them. The photos show restoration work being carried on in these rooms
Agra ASI chief R K Patel informed that the photos are live on the ASI website as a part of the January 2022 newsletter and open for public viewing.
ASI informed in the January 2022 newsletter that maintenance work was undertaken in the 22 underground rooms of Taj Mahal, wherein the decayed and disintegrated lime plaster was removed and replaced by laying of lime plaster and traditional lime processing before application.
The newsletter further stated that conservation of monuments is the principal duty of ASI and they take up their tasks in a routine matter, irrespective of the fact that they are closed or open for visitors’ access. It informed that the conservation work was undertaken in underground cells of Taj Mahal, otherwise not accessible to common visitors, from December 2021 to March 2022 about which photographs are now in the public domain.
Taj Mahal 22 Rooms Controversy
The 22 underground rooms of the Taj Mahal have been in news recently with a petition filed on May 4 by Rajneesh Singh, in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court, seeking direction from the court to ASI to open the rooms to ascertain whether there are any Hindu idols hidden inside.