Study to find straightness of Qutub Minar
   Date :21-Jun-2022

Qutub Minar 
Delhi Bureau
WITH the aim to find out whether the historical monument of the Qutub Minar in Delhi is absolutely vertical or there is a slight tilt in it, the Department of Science and Technology under the Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the National Monuments Authority will conduct a study at Qutub Minar on the occasion of International Day of Yoga on Tuesday which also happens to be longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere of the Earth. Informing this, an official release of the Union Ministry of Culture said the astronomical event will be preceded by a Yoga event at Iron Pillar, known as ‘Vishnu Garud Dhwaj’.
As part of the International Day of Yoga (IDY) celebrations, the National Monuments Authority will organise an Astro physical analysis of the movement of the sun around the Qutub Minar with the help of the Ministry of Science and Technology. The study will determine if Qutub Minar is tilted at a certain angle, does it have any astronomical significance, and whether there is a zero shadow of the Minaret at local noon on on Tuesday. The study would begin at 11.30 AM on the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and will go on till 1.30 PM. Some special devices are being used and an App has also been created to help the people to track the event.
Senior Scientists and Surveyors have formed a team as requested by National Monuments Authority for the study that includes the Head of the Scientific Communications at Indian Institute of Astrophysics at Bangalore Dr. Neruj Mohan Ramanujan, Senior Scientist from Arya Bhatt Research Institute of Observational Sciences Dr. Virendra Yadav and Rajiv Dhyani from Survey of India.