Iron Pillar, New Delhi

The mysterious Iron Pillar of Delhi is located on the Qutb complex near the Quwaat – Ul – Mosque. The Iron Pillar is of 7.21 m in height. Its bell shaped capital is 1.07 m in height and the bulb style base is 0.71 m high. There are many debates regarding this age old monument. Firstly, there are lot of confusion about when the pillar was constructed. According to popular belief, the pillar was built around 1600 years ago sometime around 300 CE. From the Brahmi script inscribed on the Iron Pillar, it is known that the pillar was built during the time of the Gupta period. Though it is unclear for which King the pillar was constructed and the purpose of it.

Some studies say it belonged to the time of Chandragupta Vikramaditya or Chandragupta II who built it in honour of his revered God, Vishnu. Even the place of the origin of the pillar is unknown. It is quite clear that the pillar was brought to Delhi around 1000 years ago. Parts of the inscription highlight the point of the origin of the pillar could be at Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh which flourished during the time of the Guptas. The real mystery lies on how the Iron Pillar manages to stand strong till date without being rusted and not being eroded by time and the climate.

Location

Mehrauli, Delhi - Walkin distance from Qutab Minar metro station

Entry Fees

30 INR per head for Indian National, 500 INR per head for Foreign National and free for children up to 15 years of age.

Timings

Iran Pillar of Delhi open at 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Days Closed

None

Photography

Allowed Free of Cost

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