The replicas of two graves inside the Taj Mahal, India’s most famous monument, were given a clay-pack treatment. This is the first time the replicas of the graves were cleaned since their installation more than 300 years ago. The treatment involved the application of a thick layer of clay, followed by a wash with distilled water.
The clay pack is originally inspired from a traditional face pack Indian women apply to appear fairer. The Taj Mahal itself has been cleaned with a clay pack treatment five times, but the replicas of the graves were not cleaned. The real graves of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal are in a chamber below the replicas.
The chandelier above the graves were also cleaned with tamarind water.