Qutub Minar or Dhruva Stambh
Most structures in India, especially the North, have been victims of Mughal and other Islamic invasions over the centuries. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that many monuments have a Hindu past. The invaders either completely razed the previous structure or simply modified it to suit their purposes and comply with Islamic standards. Taj Mahal is believed to be Tejo Mahalaya, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This has happened with several structures including the Ayodhya Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid site which is currently under dispute. Similar information now surfaces about the Qutub Minar.
According to history texts Qutub Minar is said to have been commissioned by Qutubuddin. However, his own inscriptions indicate the fact that he destroyed the pavilions of an already existing Hindu tower but they do not talk about construction of any tower by him. This is itself proof that the tower was in existence prior to Qutubuddin’s attack and that he has nothing to do with its construction. In fact the ravaged temple was renamed as Kuwat-ul-Islam mosque.
Qutub is an Arabic term which means pivot, axis or pole. This term was used in court correspondences while describing the structure and its significance to the Sultan. In course of time, however, the name came to be wrongly associated with Qutubuddin himself.
Uncovering the truth
A report by Prof. Bhatnagar, dated 10th June 1977, unravels the truth about the structure. He alludes to the fact that history of the tower has been twisted to suit the agenda of Moslem kings and later on by Historians with vested interests. It is an open secret that leftist historians have been at the forefront of distorting history.
What prompted Prof. Bhatnagar to carry out a detailed research?
Well, this is an interesting story. He and some college students visited the Qutub Minar and the professor discovered that the sarkari guide as well as a few other present there had a distorted view of history. They were unable to answer many of his logical questions. One of the most important questions of Prof. Bhatnagar silenced all and sundry who were present there.
This is what he had to say “The word ‘Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque’ is unknown to contemporary history of India. This word was coined by Sir Saiyid Ahmad Khan in the first part of the nineteenth century. Do not be surprised to know that the name ‘QUTUB MINAR’ too, is not known to Indian History. It is also a recent fabrication. If, for the sake of argument, we take it for granted that the Minar is a muezzin’s tower, the mosque assumes primary importance and the tower secondary, but unfortunately the mosque, as you see it, is in complete ruins. How do you account for the mosque of primary importance to be in ruins and the muezzin’s tower, a building of no consequence, to be standing in full majesty?”
Almost everything about the structure and surrounding area points overwhelming to its Hindu origin. The place which is known as Mehrauli derives its name from Mihira-Awali. Mihira, who was the court astronomer of King Vikramaditya, belonged to this township and it is after him that the place has been named.
Islam does not sanction the use of astrology while astrological and astronomical studies have been part of the Hindu culture. Qutub Tower was a post for astronomical observations and the pavilions around it conformed to the 27 constellations of the Hindu zodiac. Besides this there are several anomalies which make it difficult to believe that Qutub Minar has Islamic authorship.
One of the biggest giveaways is the entrance of the tower which faces North unlike Islamic injunctions which require it to face West. Another important sign of its Hindu origin is the lotus flower emblem etched on either side of the entrance. It is a well known fact that such motifs are never a part of Islamic buildings.
The tower is a part of a series of buildings and it is highly unlikely that the builders of the temple surrounding the tower would have left the space vacant for Qutubuddin. A bird’s eye view of the structure reveals a 24 petal lotus on full bloom. Not only is lotus a holy symbol for Hindus but 24 is a multiple of 8 which is also a significant number in Hinduism. The biggest anomaly has to be the motifs and wall carvings which are anti-Islamic.
Vishnu Stambh or Dhruva Stambh
Earlier it was variously known as Vishnu, Garuda or Dhruva Stambh. The tower gets its name due to its association with astronomy. As pointed out earlier the tower was used as a post to observe planetary movements. Dhruva is the pole star and hence the name Dhruva Stambh. The Quranic inscriptions are clearly forced insertions between frieze-bands of purely Hindu designs.
The inscription describes the complete details of the Dhruv Stamb
There is ample proof to show the Hindu origin of Qutub Minar and hence it is high time history text books are corrected on the basis of discoveries that are being made.