Qutub Minar was actually ‘Vishnu Stambh’ VHP spokesman stokes another controversy

New Delhi: The Qutub Minar was a ‘Vishnu Stambh’ before some of its portions was reconstructed by a Muslim ruler and renamed as Quwwat-ul-Islam, claimed VHP national spokesperson Vinod Bansal on 10 April, 2022.

He said that the 73-metre-high structure was built on a temple of lord Vishnu constructed during the times of a Hindu ruler.

PTI quoted him as saying “When the Muslim ruler came, some of its portions were reconstructed with the materials obtained after demolishing 27 Hindu-Jain temples, and renamed as Quwwat-ul-Islam (Might of Islam).”

He claimed that there is a clear difference in the structure of the first three floors of the tower and the remaining floors towards the top. He added that these floors were superimposed by Muslim rulers as they just wanted to showcase the dominance of Islam.

A group of VHP leaders, including Bansal, visited the compound of the monument, which was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. Later they demanded that the government rebuild the ancient temples at the Qutub Minar complex and allow resumption of Hindu rituals and prayers there. VHP spokesperson Bansal revealed that the issue has been raised with the ASI and expressed hope that the government and its concerned departments do a serious pondering over the issue and restore the honour of the Hindu society.

According to, Quṭub Mīnār is among the tallest minarets in Asia. It built in Delhi beginning at the turn of the 13th century by Qutub al-Din Aibak and completed by his successor Iltutmish.

As the mīnār (tower) to the Qūwat-ul-Islām mosque, the Quṭb Mīnār serves the traditional purpose of being the place from which the faithful are called to prayer. An inscription on the tower indicates that it also served as a victory monument.

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