IRON PILLAR

New Delhi, India

Iron Pillar situated at the Qutub Complex is a 7.21 meter high metal structure, which is notable for its rust-resistant composition.Situated in the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Masjid courtyard, Lower diameter of the pillar is about 420 mm, upper diameter is 306 mmand the entire structure weighs about six tons. Scientific analysis of the pillar has revealed that it is made by forge wielding the pieces of wrought iron, having high amount of Phosphorus to avoid rusting. The pillar is a testament to the skill of ancient Indian blacksmiths. Large number of inscriptions and graffities dating back to different era has been written on the pillar but the oldest one is written in Sanskrit in Gupta-period Brahmi script. By this evidence archeologist believe that the pillar was built during the rule of Gupta King Candragupta II. Large numbers of tourists who visit to see Qutub Minar also watch this Pillar. According to a popular belief if a person standing with its back to the pillar and make both hands meet behind it, this bring good luck. This habit of tourists caused a great wear and tear to the structure of the Pillar and hence a fence was constructed around the pillar so that visitors cannot touch the structure.

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