Scientists have revealed the secret of the "hanging column" in the Virabhadra temple

19.05.2024/21/30 XNUMX:XNUMX    2904

There are 70 columns in the Virabhadra temple built in the XNUMXth century in Lepakshe. He gained wide popularity thanks to the "wig column", which visually does not touch the ground.

According to IFLScience, various legends surround this column. One of them attributes the illusion of levitation to the skill of Indian architects. Another legend says that the pillar was installed by a British engineer during colonial times.

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In fact, one corner of the column touches the ground. Scientists consider it unlikely that the creators of the temple planned to make one of its columns hanging. Most likely, it shifted due to a mistake by the builders or seismic activity.

It is worth noting that the secret of the levitating pillar cannot be called unique. A similar story can be heard about Windsor Town Hall in England. Apparently, its columns do not rest on the ceiling due to disagreements between the council and the architect Christophe Renomi. Councilors forced him to install columns to support the building. Renomi argued that they were unnecessary. Allegedly, he purposefully installed pillars that do not reach the ceiling in order to prove his point.

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