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Qutub Minar- The Altitudinous Minar of India

09 Oct

The tallest minar in India that attracts people from across the globe is the Qutub Minar. It is located in the capital city Delhi and can be seen from most of the parts of the city. It was built to such a great height (237.8 ft) to commemorate the victory of the Mughals. Being listed in the UNESCO Heritage Site, it is visited by a large number of people. It is made of red sandstone and marble with total 379 stairs, base diameter of 14.3 meters and top diameter 2.7 meters. Its construction was started in 1192 AD by Qutub-ud-din-aibak and was completed by Iltutmish. Several ancient and medieval structures are around it and is collectively called the Qutub Complex.

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar – Image by Sharkawi Che Din on flickr.com

Qutub Minar

Image by AnkurDauneria on flickr.com

The monument is intricately carved with verses from the Quran and Parso-Arabic & Nagari characters that reveal the history of its construction. Qubbat-ul-Islam Mosque which is located at the northeast of this Minar was also built by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in 1198 AD. This mosque was earliest built by the Delhi Sultans but after some time a coffee arched screen was erected. The mosque was enlarged by Shams-ud-Din Iltutmish and Allaud-din Khilji. Other remains in the complex are the madarasa, graves, tombs and mosque.

Qubbat-ul-Islam mosque

Qubbat-ul-Islam Mosque Entrance Image by varunshiv on flickr.com

The Iron Pillar that is located in the courtyard has an inscription over it in the Sanskrit Brahmi script of the 4th century AD. This pillar was set up as a Vishnudhvaja on the hill known as Krishnapada in the memory of a mighty king named Chandra. According to traditional belief, anyone who encircles the entire pillar with their arms while standing with their back against the pillar, then their wish will be fulfilled. But, now it is fenced by all around for the safety purpose as it was corroded by the sweat of visitors.

Iron Pillar

Iron Pillar – Image by gwashley by flickr.com

The Minar was used as a watch tower in ancient times. Due to several earthquakes and lightening, it was damaged, but had been repaired by the various rulers of that time. The Minar’s two top floors were damaged due to lightening during the rule of Firoz Shah. He repaired and renovated it perfectly. Similarly, many rulers repaired it after the damages.

Alai minar-Qutb Complex

Alai Minar in Qutb Complex

This pristine Minar tilts over 60 cm from the vertical and is considered to be within safe limits. But experts monitoring is needed in case of rainwater seepage as it weakens the foundation of the Minar. With the great history, the Minar is also used by Bollywood directors for their movies. This is the first monument in Delhi having e-ticket facility.

Qutab Minar and Alai Darwaza

Alai Darwaza (Alai Gate) is entrance to Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque

The general public access in the narrow building was end up in the 1981 after the incident of stampede due to the electricity failure on the staircase inside the tower. Around 45 people were killed and most of them were children as tickets for school children were free at that time on Friday and most of the school groups take advantage of it. After the incident, it was prohibited to enter inside the minar. All in all, it is one of the many important tourist attractions in Delhi that are not to be missed.

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16 responses to “Qutub Minar- The Altitudinous Minar of India

  1. dalo2013

    October 9, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Beautiful description along with some great photos…another place I would love to visit in India. Thank you and well done!

     
  2. ladyfi

    October 9, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Gorgeous shots!

     
  3. Harsha

    October 9, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Been there..Such a lovely place to visit..Indeed India is full of Archaeological Heritage..Nice Captures.. 😀

     
  4. Reader Wil

    October 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Thank you for the interesting tour and beautiful photos! It is to be hoped that these buildings will be taken care of, so that they may exist for those who come after us.
    Wil, ABCW Team

     
  5. Sonnja

    October 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I like the photos
    Greetings, RW & SK

     
  6. Roger Green

    October 9, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    My, these are magnificent edifices!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

     
  7. Minoru

    October 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Hi! Nice Qutub Complex captures. It looks like a miracle that many buildings are standing even now.
    So sorry for the incident of electricity failure. Thanks for sharing.

     
  8. lesliebc

    October 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    aMazing!

    Leslie
    abcw team

     
  9. Suzanne

    October 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I have been there and it is beautiful.

     
  10. Hildred Finch

    October 9, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    A lovely visit to these beautiful structures, – photos are great!

     
  11. Garden Walk Garden Talk

    October 10, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Nice….

     
  12. Uday Narayanan

    October 10, 2013 at 3:53 am

    A really informative post. Nice photographs too.

     
  13. ventisqueras

    October 10, 2013 at 5:07 am

    come sempre storia ed arte si intrecciano con la bellezza degli scatti

    as always, history and art are intertwined with the beauty of the shots

     
  14. vastlycurious.com

    October 11, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Simply beautiful Post. Especially like the Alai Minar in Qutb Complex- WOW!

     
  15. Marko

    October 20, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Great blog. Beautiful sights.

     

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