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Hastsal Minar |

Hastsal Minar

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∙ Recently, efforts are being made to unravel the mysteries surrounding the Hastsal Minar, a Mughal-era symbol of glory. 

Hastsal Minar |

About the Hastsal Minar:

∙ It is known as the Mini Qutub Minar, is a minaret tower located in Hastsal village in West Delhi, India.

∙ Construction: The minar was built in 1650 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

∙ It was constructed using lakhori bricks and clad with red sandstone.

∙ Design: The tower stands tall at 17 metres tall on a raised platform, with a reducing diameter. It stands on a square platform with an octagonal body.

∙ It was originally a five-storey tower, topped with a domed Chhatri pavilion.

∙ The design of the tower resembles the Qutub Minar of Delhi.

∙ Current State: The minar is currently endangered and has been opened for tourists after renovation.

∙ It has three floors at present, compared to five earlier.

∙ Historical Significance: The minar was used by Emperor Shah Jahan for his entertainment after hunting in the encompassing wilderness that used to surround this colossal Hastsal minaret and royal hunting lodge.

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