Mysterious Iron Pillar!

jayababy By jayababy, 30th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is about a mysterious, rust-proof iron pillar in Delhi Qutb COMPLEX.

Mehrauli Iron Pillar

Almost everyone knows that any article made of iron rusts with the passage of time.

The Mehrauli iron pillar at the Quorate-UL-Islam mosque near Qutb Minar, however, has not rusted though 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.

Near the famous Qutb Minar at Mehrauli village near Delhi stands the 7.20 meter high iron pillar, which has not formed rust for the last 1600 years! It is a wonderful example of the iron-worker’s skill.

The famous iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the Quorate-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-day Madhya Pradesh.

Originally the pillar was installed on the Vishnupada hill. This we learn 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 named James Prinsep (1799-1840) who succeeded in translating the long forgotten script.

The most astonishing fact about the famous iron pillar is that it is 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 phosphorous and low carbon, sulfur and manganese content.


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author avatar Buzz
30th Oct 2011 (#)

One of the ancient wonders that modern science cannot fathom. Great share, my friend.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
30th Oct 2011 (#)

Good information about India.

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
30th Oct 2011 (#)

You have given informative and interesting article in the field of Indian history.It may unfold facts of Indian history.

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author avatar Sumith
12th Jan 2013 (#)

it is rust proof because in olden days people had put a chemical called miza white

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author avatar Sheila Newton
30th Oct 2011 (#)

I love to hear tales of India. Never been to Delhi - must go!

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
31st Oct 2011 (#)

Mehrauli iron pillar is one of the most astonishing monument i have ever seen...great share Jayababy...

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
31st Oct 2011 (#)

Certainly this iron pillar of the pre-invasion period is astonishing and must be seen by us.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
31st Oct 2011 (#)

A true mystery, thanks jayababy!

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