Sunday, February 17, 2008

Iron Pillar of India..The Rustless Wonder

The iron pillar in Delhi, India is one of the world's leading metallurgical curiosities, standing in the famous Qutb complex. The pillar (almost seven meters tall and weighing more than six ton) was erected by Chandragupta II Vikramaditya (375-413). It is the only leftover piece of a Hindu temple which stood there before being demolished by Qutb-ud-din Aybak to construct the Qutub Minar and Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. Qutub built around it when he constructed the mosque.

The iron pillar is made up of ninety eight percent wrought iron of pure quality, and is a testament to the high level of craft achieved by ancient Indian iron smiths in the extraction and processing of iron. It has dragged the concentration of archaeologists and metallurgists as it has withstood corrosion for the last 1600 years, despite harsh weather.

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