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Iron Pillar, Qutub Complex, New Delhi

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 18 April 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The iron pillar is one of the world’s foremost metallurgical curiosities. The pillar, 7.21 metre high and weighing more than six tonnes, was originally erected by Chandragupta II Vikramaditya (375–414 AD) in front of a Vishnu Temple complex at Udayagiri around 402 AD, and later shifted by Aanagpal in 10th Century AD from Udaygiri to its present location. Anangpal built a Vishnu Temple here and wanted this pillar to be a part of that temple.

The estimated weight of the decorative bell of the pillar is 646 kg while the main body weighs 5865 kg thereby making the entire pillar weigh at 6,511 kg. The pillar bears an inscription in Sanskrit in Brahmi script dating 4th century AD, which indicates that the pillar was set up as a Vishnudhvaja, standard of god Vishnu, on the hill known as Vishnupada in memory of a mighty king named Chandra, believed to Chandragupta II. A deep socket on the top of this ornate capital suggests that probably an image of Garuda was fixed into it, as common in such flagpoles

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

An incredible Pillar! This is a great document, I'd like to see it from other points of view! :)

18 Apr 2011 5:45am

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

Nice capture, and I love that bird!

18 Apr 2011 5:59am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I remember reading about this pillar. It has an odd metalurgical composition which means it doesn't rust as much as it should do, hence the fact that it's still here. A really marvel

18 Apr 2011 6:16am

Becky from los angeles, United States

very cool - heavy!! Wonderful shot of this - glad the birdie showed up for the shoot!

18 Apr 2011 6:21am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Impressionnant ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

18 Apr 2011 6:35am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

The bird gives the picture something extra

18 Apr 2011 7:05am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Really amazing what steel pillar, an impressive image. Good day.

18 Apr 2011 7:24am

Florence from Paris, France

Nice catch, seems so high !

18 Apr 2011 7:58am

guillaume from Paris, France

Magnific !!

18 Apr 2011 9:07am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent documentation Sunder. Shame that Garuda has flown the roost:)

18 Apr 2011 9:19am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une explication interessante pour cet etrange monument !!:)

18 Apr 2011 11:08am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

An impressive piece of history, indeed. Your text is a wonderful enhancement to a fine photograph, as is the passage of a bird.

18 Apr 2011 12:05pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Awesome perspective and a good explanation. Thanks for all.

18 Apr 2011 12:07pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A metallic column ? Wow ...! Stunning and great perspectiv !

18 Apr 2011 12:42pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

very interesting . love this lower light and toning .. and a little bird is just great !

18 Apr 2011 12:58pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Super angle - great shot with the bird in frame!

18 Apr 2011 1:39pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great capture !

18 Apr 2011 2:35pm

Don from Spokane, United States

An amazing pillar. I like your explanation of its origin and life-span.

18 Apr 2011 2:41pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

very interesting :)

18 Apr 2011 4:10pm

Dutch from Neverwhere, United States

The soft graduation of color, the near silhouette yet ability to see the tower is inscribed and the bird really pull this image together nicely!

18 Apr 2011 8:23pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Beautifully composed - love the little bird in the frame - :)

18 Apr 2011 8:24pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

I have read about this many times, and there are also many theories about it. When you think about it - to make 6000kg of molten metal you would have needed a pretty big furnace and machinery - was this possible in 4AD ?

18 Apr 2011 9:32pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Wonderful perspective and POV. I like the color tones of the sky

18 Apr 2011 10:27pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of the pillar and the bird in flight, along with the informative narrative. I just love the history behind this. I don't think anything in the US could remain standing as long as this has. :-)

18 Apr 2011 11:23pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cool shot of this iron pillar especially with the bird on the wing.

20 Apr 2011 3:44am