Following a relentless deluge that swept across Delhi, the water levels of Yamuna surged to a staggering 495.8 feet in the historic city of Agra on Tuesday, enveloping the compound walls of the iconic Taj Mahal.

The rare event has raised concerns of a looming threat to the 17th-century masterpiece crafted from pristine white marble.

The increasing water level of the river can be attributed to a surge in rainfall across northern India, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, where a 108 per cent rise in rainfall has been recorded since the commencement of the four-month monsoon season on June 1.