Fact Check: Image of Loha Stambh in Bharatpur Falsely Linked to Iron Pillar in Qutub Minar Complex

A viral picture is doing the rounds on social media, claiming that the Iron pillar near Qutub Minar (built by the Mughals) contains inscriptions of the names of their forefathers.

A Facebook user posted the viral post with a caption: #कुतुबमीनार मुगलों ने बनाया था, सबुत के तौर पर #कुतुबमीनार के #लोहस्तंभ पर मुगलों ने अपने बाप दादाओं के नाम लिखे हैं, #विश्वास नहीं हो रहा तो #zoom करके देख लो English translation: #Qutub Minar was built by Mughals, as a proof, on the #iron pillar of #Qutub Minar, Mughals have written the names of their forefathers, #if you don’t believe then #zoom and see

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NewsMobile fact-checked the viral post, and found it to be false.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the picture, we found an image published on Flickr, dated October 19, 2019. As per the description of the image, the monument is an iron pillar from the Bharatpur Fort in Rajasthan. 

Conducting a Google Keyword Search, we found many similar images. An image on Alamy shows another close-up look at the iron pillar informing that the pillar is known as Loha Stamba (iron pillar), and contains the name of kings embossed on them. 

We also got to know that the Lohagarh Fort (Bharatpur fort) was built by Jat ruler Maharaja Suraj Mal (1707–1763) and not by the Mughals.

We checked for the images and history of the iron pillar near Qutub Minar. A photoblog on Tripoto a social travel platform, informs that ‘The iron pillar is called Kirti Stambha and it was erected as a Dhvaja (banner) to the Hindu deity Vishnu in 3rd to 4th century CE by Indian king Chandragupta II.

We could not find any inscription on the iron pillar at Qutub Minar, confirming that it is not the same pillar as the one in the viral image. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral image, claiming that the names of the Mughal emperors are inscribed on the iron pillar in the Qutub Minar complex, is false.

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