History is not what I seek all the time. It is the passion behind the creativity that leads me to the footsteps of time. The way how sometimes, human imagination surpasses nature’s creations fascinates me. I seek answers to that creativity and finesse. It is the will behind the creativity that I seek, that helped manifested wonders that still stand the testimony of time. Will I find the answers to what I seek? I walk through the reminisces of Qutb Minar, an epitome of creativity cast with sheer perseverance.
A Not So Touristy Town
The Mehrauli neighborhoods do not look that touristy, in the first look, yet as one approaches closer to the Qutb Minar the perception changes. The red sandstone minaret is visible from far off and sometimes on a cloudy day, it tapers above the cloudline.
While the history books speak only of Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak, the emperor who laid the foundation stone of Qutb Minar, but that’s not where the story ends. This majestic tower has taken three generations of history and three centuries from 1200 AD (the year when the construction started) to reach where it stands today. Too long a time to persevere!
The mystery remains how the Iron Pillar still stands the test of time. No part of the pillar has rusted even today. One could only but wonder what remains to be researched by modern science yet, to unfold such chemical combination.
The Iron Pillar speaks volumes about the scientific knowledge and expertise of the artisans of the Mauryan Dynasty (Chandragupta -II/ Vikramaditya). The pillar today is more than 1600 years old and stands as an epitome of immortality.
There is a saying which goes around that if someone is able to embrace the pillar completely with their hands at the back, they can fulfill their wishes. You will always escape it by a few inches. Worth trying out!
The artistic dome shape of the gate and the intricate carvings on the walls of Alai Darwaza are an impression of the exquisiteness of the Islamic Architecture and Turkish artistry.
Through the gates of the Alai Darwaza, stands out the tomb of Imam Zamin or Iltutmish, the second Islamic Ruler after Qutb-Ud-Din-Aibak. The symmetrical squared platform rests a dome shaped roof
The inner cenotaph is an ornately carved marble structure and the room surrounded with delicately crafted designs.
The finer aspects of the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque Architecture such as the arches, screens, resemble the ones used in Hindu Temples. Three generations of modifications simultaneously brought several changes and expansion of the mosque.
There are other surprises too, such as the Sanderson’s Sundial, reminds of the impressions and transitions of the British Rule, when Gordon Sanderson, the Superintendent of the Archaeological Survey of India between the end of 19th Century.
At a distance on the horizon, one can often spot airlines heading towards the minaret. It gives a view as if the pilot skillfully steers the aircraft away from the minaret.