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Vikramaditya built the Qutub Minar tower to study the Sun,’ claims ASI ex-officer

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A former officer of the Archaeological Survey of India claimed that the Qutub Minar was built by Emperor Vikramaditya in the fifth century. 

“Vikramaditya had built this tower because he wanted to study the positions of the Sun,” he said.

Three claims of former ASI officer

1. It is Sun Tower, not Qutub Minar

In an interview to India Today, former ASI Regional Director Dharamvir Sharma has claimed that Qutub Minar was not built by Qutb-ud-din Aibak. He said that this is not the Qutub Minar, it is the Sun Tower. I have a lot of evidence in this regard. Sharma has surveyed Qutub Minar several times on behalf of ASI.

2. The tower of the minaret has a 25-inch inclination

He said, ‘The tower of Qutub Minar has a tilt of 25 inches, as the Sun was studied from here. That is when the sun was changing place in the sky on June 21  even then there was no shadow of Qutub Minar at that place for half an hour. This is science and also an archaeological evidence.’

3. The Pole Star was seen at night

Sharma told that people claim that Qutub Minar is an independent building and it is not related to the nearby mosque. Actually, its doors are north facing, so that the pole star can be seen from it at night.

Hindu organizations demanded to change Qutub Minar’s name

Last week, Hindu organizations recited Hanuman Chalisa in the Qutub Minar complex and demanded to rename it Vishnu Stambh. The United Hindu Front claimed that Qutub Minar was built by demolishing Jain and Hindu temples. The police had taken some people of the organization into custody.

Qutub Minar History as per Delhi Tourism

According to the Delhi Tourism website, Qutub Minar was built in 1193 by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi. After defeating the last Hindu ruler of Delhi, he started the construction of this 73 meter high building.

However, they could only get the basement built. After him Iltutmash built three storeys and after him in 1368 Firoz Shah Tughlaq built the remaining two storeys.

The first three storeys are made of red sandstone and the fourth-fifth storeys are made of marble and sandstone. Underneath the tower is the Quwwat-al-Islam Mosque, which is said to be the first mosque to be built in India.

There is a 5 meter high iron pillar in the courtyard of the mosque, whose biggest feature is that it is made of pure iron, but till date it has never rusted. This iron pillar is believed to have been built by King Chandragupta Vikramaditya (Raj 375-412).

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