Qutub Minar: A Peak Into The Delhi Sultanate

Qutub Minar: A Peak Into The Delhi Sultanate
The Qutub Complex at sunset, Photo Credit: Meenketan Jha

Catch a glimpse of the 12th-century Delhi Sultanate masterclass at the historic Qutub Minar.

Meenketan Jha
October 13 , 2018
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A popular UNESCO world heritage site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, Qutub Minar is a 73-meter tall minaret made up of bricks. Its construction, dating back to 1192, was started by Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak who had founded the Delhi Sultanate. Inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, the Qutub Minar was a source of inspiration for many minarets built after it like the Chand Minar in Daulatabad, Maharashtra. 

On my adventures through Delhi, this location was my final destination. Having pushed through some ridiculously congested streets of Chandni Chowk, the Minar was a wide open space which I could navigate around without the fear of being pick-pocketed or rammed from every direction. Miles from the tremor and the hustle of the unstoppable crowd, Qutub Minar was like a weekend getaway to some hill station without the actual hills.
The Qutub complex was huge, most of it in undeniable ruins. Stories have arisen claiming that the Qutub Minar was built over a location which at a time was home to 27 Hindu and Jain temples. These temples were destroyed by the Muslim invaders for stone and raw materials. Eventually, they would use the materials gathered to build mosques and other religious places important to Islam. The Qutub is one such beautiful tribute to the Muslim faith coming to existence due to the invaders. 
The Qutub Minar is the world's tallest minaret at 73 meters tall
The Qutub Minar is surrounded by a group of historical monuments which together form the Qutub complex
A gateway at the Qutub complex which leads you to the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
The pillars of the structures are elegantly carved on with beautiful designs
The courtyard of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque at the Qutub Complex
The Iron Pillar and the tomb form essential elements of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
The Qutub complex has other monuments such as the Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-din’s Madrasa and Tomb, the Tomb of Imam Zamin, among other things

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