I recently visited Qila Rai Pittora the fort city of Rai Pithora, wondering where on earth this place is and who Rai Pithora is?!! Well I am talking about our very own Delhi and its erstwhile Hindu ruler ‘the mighty Prithviraj Chauhan’.
Stepping into Delhi in the month of December from South India was like getting into a refrigerator, it was biting cold at 4 degrees C but we had to drag ourselves to see the places around, bonded travellers that we were this time as I had taken a package tour through makemytrip the feedback about which I will give you later, first lets dig a little into the history of this historical city that saw the mightiest of might in cold fright witnessing bloody blood baths, the rise and fall of many rulers ___ some forgotten and many who sleep here today occupying large graves and gardens with millions of tourists clicking selfies in their backdrop oblivious to the sacrifices, brutality, ravages and gory the city silently echoes in every nook and corner.
Qutub Minar the glorious tower supposedly built by the mighty Sultanate rulers as studied in school in reality unfolds a gory chapter in the history of India because we were never told that it was built by ravaging 27 temples.
The Qutub-Minar an ageless wonder stands tall unaffected by the history of fabricated tales silently reverberating our rich ancient engineering skills and technology deployed by our ancient rulers.
It is 237.8ft tall (72mts) and has a diameter of 14.3mts at the base that tapers to 12.75mts at the top floor. Like most Rajput architecture it is built in red sand stone and is decked with intricately done ornate cornices and cylindrical flute like columns that define the interlocking architecture which appears to be largely medieval Hindu, the minar entrance has stone carved lotuses on both sides of its gate which is unlikely to be an Islamic symbol.
A LITTLE HISTORY
The Turkish king Mohammud Ghauri who was captured in the first battle of Tahrain in 1191AD by the mighty Prithviraj Chauhan was generously forgiven and let off without judging his evil ambitions, soon Ghauri came back in 1192 AD for another battle when he deceitfully attacked before dawn and captured an overconfident Prithviraj Chauhan who was later blinded and killed mercilessly. Ghauri handed over Delhi to his trusted slaves Qutubuddin Aibak and Iltumash who ravaged the 27 temples housed in the Qila Rai Pithora temple fortress of Rai Pithora alias Prithviraj Chauhan and converted it into a mosque.
It is for this reason that today India and Pakistan have missiles named after them ….Ghauri missile and Prithvi missile.
This picture above depicts a dome added on temple pillars by Aibak to make it look like a mosque, if you look closely one can realise that this dome is just out of place to the ornate temple architecture, the Archaeological Survey Of India has confirmed the same that temple pillars and remains have been used to erect this so called mosque.
Can we really believe he built this(below) architectural extravaganza?
Most Islamic rulers those days had their own biographers but there is no such documented evidence suggesting that Qutubuddin Aibak built this structure but Indian text books gloriously claim that Qutub Minar was built by Qutubuddin Aibak.
Qutub Minar is located in Mehrauli, South Delhi a closer look at the word Mehrauli reveals that Mehrauli is derived from the Sanskrit word Mihira-Awali meaning Mihir’s township. Mihira was an astronomer in Vikramditya’s court who lived here with his mathematicians, technicians and helpers.
Historians claim that the minar dates back several years before the Islamic rule, originally it had 7storeys representing the days in a week with the top storey beholding a four headed Bramha holding Vedas which was dismantled by the invaders but the Arabic graffiti and Indologists say that it was damaged due to lightening that struck it twice hence it is today reduced to 5 storeys. God knows why the clouds lost their electrons only here in consecutive years but there have been no radio carbon dating research work undertaken for any of our monuments because any research here would be branded as fringe and communal.
Whether the magnificent architectural lineage of Vikramaditya times was credited to Qutubuddin Aibak on a platter by British historian Cunningham who depicted the Qutub Minar as a symbol of Aibak’s victory over the Tomar kings or the slave king really built it the fact remains that it is largely Hindu in its architecture and hard to believe that BJP chose an Islamic lotus symbol which is explicit on all these monumental edifices.
The qutub minar was a Dhruv stambh or Vishnu stambh that was used as an observatory post for astronomical studies as per historian P.N.Oak’s research. During medieval times, research centres were accommodated in temple complexes, the fact that many Jain idols were found by ASI here proves that it could have been a scholarly place like an Aaghama or research centre. The 27 temples around the tower were probably pavilions dedicated to the 27 constellations of the Hindu Zodiac.
Another professor Bhatnagar who did an aerial tour of the tower observed that the tower looked like a 24petalled lotus in full bloom from the top, also the vertical projection lines drawn from the mid points of stone-flutings on the top of each storey of the tower to the horizontal plane at its base create a lotus flower similar to what can be seen from the sky over the top of the tower.
This is the picture of the aerial view of the minar
If you draw the outline of the bands/cornices of each storey from top to bottom together on a sheet of paper this is how it would look like
(picture credit: as submitted by Prof.Bhatnagar to HinduJagruti.org)
Apparently a Vedic astronomical dial looks like this(picture below)
So did Qutubuddin Aibak or Iltumash the desert slaves who had never seen a lotus really build this tower for crying prayers??
(Read this for more info.)
How would these slaves who came here to loot and plunder ever know about scientific architecture when all they did was hatefully deface Hindu motifs and adding a shoddy piece of dome on our temples to make it look like a mosque that is today called ‘Quwwat-ul-Islam’ mosque meaning ‘Might of Islam’, even if he built it why would he build such a marvellous tower amidst the debris of ravaged temples that too with a north facing gate when all other Muslim minars face west towards direction of Mecca? His own inscriptions say that he destroyed these temples and nowhere says he raised a tower like this. Also most minars are plain and not decorative like this one.
The amazing architecture of the Dhruv stambh is mesmerizingly beautiful probably Qutub-ud-din too was awestruck by its gigantic size and beauty and hence retained it which was later perceived as a tower to cry prayers by intellectual wizards. Cunningham a British historian thought that the reference Qutub Minar signified that it was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak when actually “Qutub” in Arabic means “axis” and minar means “tower” meaning “tower of axis/directions” which signifies that it was indeed an observatory post built in Pre-Islamic medieval period else why would a mullah climb 379 narrow spiral steps each time for his prayers, if he were to climb 5times 5*379steps daily it would simply drain him out, also there was no mike system at that time so how could people below even hear the prayer cries from that height unless it resonated like in a Bollywood flick where the heroine blushes to the hero’s crooning from a helicopter.
QUWWATUL ISLAM MOSQUE
The pillars in this mosque still have many Hindu God depictions like Narasimha, Ganesha, Garuda, coiled snakes, lotus buds, Kajuraho style carvings that scream louder than our silence of deliberate ignorance.
Reports suggest that stones dislodged from the Minar had Hindu images on one side with Arabic lettering on the other which shows that the invaders turned the stones inside out to hide facial images and inscribed Arabic graffiti on the frontage. A few of these stones are today cleverly placed in the Archaeological Museums, one such museum is that of Purana Qila where idols with a tag “found in Qutb Complex” are tightly pressed against walls with no scope for any surveillance and photography is strictly prohibited in this museum when all other museums are thrown open for filming and photography.
The mosque looks like the praangana of a South Indian temple with carved pillars and also an iron Garuda stambha.
At the center of the premises stands an iron pillar made of 98% pure wrought iron that weighs 6tons, this iron pillar was the Garuda Dhwaj or Garuda Stambh, the sentinel post of the Vishnu temple aligned before the Vishnu temple.
Till date it has not rusted the Bramhi inscriptions on the pillar states that it was erected by King Chandra which could be related to Chandragupta Vikramaditya; a deep socket on the head of the pillar indicates that a Garuda was implanted here.
That such a gigantic 23ft iron pillar was cast that stays upright non corroded in open air even after 1600 years talks about the high level skills and antiquity of iron use in ancient India before the Christian era baffles metallurgists.
The stone pillars in the complex still makes the whole atmosphere look like a temple, although many carvings of the Hindu gods and holy symbols on the pillars have been defaced, effaced and filled with limestone, the ornate pillars don’t defy its original sculptors as they still depict Hindu signs at every nook and corner of the complex.
The Alai Minar a 25 meter structure never took form, the half built rubble lies in a dilapidated condition today, it was attempted by Alla uddin Khilji to build a tower twice the height of Qutub Minar with cement and bricks unlike the interlocking architecture of Qutub Minar/Vishnu stambh that still stands tall attracting the world around it.
Thus the first mosque was established in Hindusthan by the Turkish thugs by ravaging a temple complex. It was after this defeat that millions of Hindus were massacred or traded off in the slave markets of Turkmenisthan who were taken through the harsh Afghan mountains that was known as Paariyaathra Parvat but this route was later referred to as Hindu Kush route as most Hindus were killed here or succumbed to the bitter cold, those who survived were sold off to the harems or household, apparently Hindu Kush means “Hindu Killing” as written by the Arab traveler and writer Ibn Baṭṭūṭah, which reveals the brutal holocaust of the Hindus during the Moslem rule which is never taught to our kids as we are completely sickular and only celebrate barbarity as mighty prowess. (The Urdu word khud-kushi means self-killing so kushi means killing)
If only our leaders, the media Marxists and communal columnists who make impressive noise about secular India realize that our children need to be taught the real history even if we have erred in the past, it’s time to set things right and be secular in its true meaning. When there are many chapters educating youth about social equality and how Dalits were ill-treated why not teach about how our Hindu ancestors were brutalised and baptized at knife point by Turkish Moslems? We learn from our past mistakes and every nation learns from its history, Germany today teaches about the Jew Holocaust imposed by Hitler.
But in spite of so many flaws and staring discrepancies in history unfortunately the Indian education still propagates the British written Indian history discrediting our own scholars, professors and Sanskrit writings.
A few other places like Yogmaya temple near Qutub minar is supposed to be dated back to Mahabharath times but I told you we were bonded travelers bound by time, would surely go back to Delhi or Indraprastha again to discover more as travelling really enriches your history acumen and the sense of understanding the traits of world politics that are played out again and again.