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Iron Pillar at Mehrauli at Delhi’s has a mystery behind it
Posted Date: 18-Mar-2009
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Near the famous Qutb MInar at Mehrauli village near Delhi stands the 7.20 metre high iron pillar, which has not formed rust for the last 1600 years. It is a wonderful example of the iron worker’s skill.
Almost everyone knows that any article made of iron rusts with the passage of time. The Mehrauli iron pillar at the Quwaat-ul-IUslam mosque near Qutb MInar, however has not rusted though exposed to sun, wind and rain since its construction around 400 A.D. It is as smooth and shining as it was 1600 years ago on the day it was cast.
The famous iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the Quwaat-ul-Islam mosque built by Sultan Ala-Ud-din Khilji (1296-1315) in the Qutb complex in Delhi. There is a six line inscription in the Brahmi script, which is considered as belonging to Chandragupta II (380 – 415) of the Gupta Dynasty, whose capital was Ujjain in present days Madhya Pradesh.
Originally the pillar was installed on the Vishnupada hill. This was learnt from the inscription itself. Probably Vishnupada hill was in Ujjain. Anangpal Tomar brought it to Delhi and erected it at the present site. For several hundred years none knew what was written on the iron pillar. It was a British scholar names as James Prinsep (1799-1840) who succeeded in translating the long forgotten script.
The most astonishing fact about the famous iron pillar is that it its rustproof. The pillar weighing six tones and measuring about 42 cm in circumference has baffled scientists and specialists who deal in metals. Modern analysis has revealed that it is made of very pure wrought iron with a high phosphorus and low carbon, sulphur and manganese content.
Besides the inscription of Chandragupta II the iron pillar has a message carved by Anangpal Tomar, a Rajput chieftain, who is said to have built the first city of Delhi (Lal kot). There is also an inscription on the pillar attributed to a kind named Chatrasimha who claims to be a descendant of the famous Prithvi Raj or Rai Pithora, the great Rajput King of 12th century A.D. and the popular hero of northern India today.
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