March 5, 2016

Sanderson's Sundial - Qutb Complex, Delhi

Site Name: Sanderson's Sundial
Site Type: Monument
Location:  Qutb Minar Complex, Mehrauli, Delhi, India
Highlights: A kind of memorial for a British person in the Islamic complex

Nearest Railway Station: Delhi
Nearest Airport: Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air

Hotel: A lot of options are available within Delhi city
Restaurants: Many options and varieties across the city

Delhi, the capital city of India, is famous for monuments. It has around 1300 monuments. Qutb Minar is one of the most popular monuments in Delhi. In Qutb Minar complex, apart from Qutb Minar, there are so many other monuments also located. Let us discuss about a unique monument dedicated to a British person located within Qutb complex in this article.


I am sure most of the travelers who visit Qutb Minar hardly know the presence of Sanderson's Sundial which is also located in the same complex. This ignored monument is unique as it was constructed in the memory of a British person.

Gardon Sanderson was working for ASI during the British period. He carried out a lot of excavations in Qutb complex and authored many notable books on Delhi. Many of his works are still used as the reference materials by historians. He was killed in his 28th year in the World War I. Sanderson's Sundial was built on his memory in Qutb Complex in 1919 CE four years after his death.

Sanderson's Sundial is a small instrument crafted in white marble. It is fitted with a blade and its shadow rotates according to the angle of the sunlight to indicate the time. 

The inscription in Latin language in this monument goes like this - "The shadow passes, but the light remains."

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