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Delhi : Iron Pillar in Qutub Complex

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Iron Pillar is located in the Qutub Complex, which is located near the Mehrauli Archaeological Park on the Sri Aurobindo Marg, the closest Metro station being Qutub Minar.

The Iron Pillar is located in the courtyard of  Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. 
Iron Pillar in the courtyard of Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque

The Iron Pillar has survived all weather conditions till date. There is no corrosion on it. The black colored iron pillar also has inscription on it in Sanskrit written in Brahmi script. Which states that it was erected in honor of Hindu God Vishnu by Gupta King Chandragupta II. 
Iron Pillar with Qutub Minar in the background
Inscription translated in English
The Iron Pillar is around 7.23 Meter high and weighs in tons. It was originally erected by King Chandragupta II  in front of the Vishnu Temple complex in Udayagiri around 402 AD.
Top of Iron Pillar and Qutub Minar

The Iron pillar is currently fenced to keep visitors away. Local tradition, states that it was considered good luck if one could stand with one's back to the pillar and make one's hands meet behind it. The Bollywood movie Cheeni Kum, has Amitabh Bachan doing the same. 
Inscriptioin on Iron Pillar


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