The two Ashokan Sandstone Pillars installed in the city by the ruler Feroze Shah Tughlaq are located at a distance of 5 km from Firozabad.
The Sandstone Pillars were brought and not constructed by Firoze Shah Tughlaq. He created the next city of Delhi- Ferozabad or Firoze Shah Kotla has been know today. For the beautification of the city he built he ordered two Ashokan sandstone pillars to be brrought to Firozabad or Feroz Shah Kotla as it is now known. In 1354, he brought two sandstone pillars bearing Ashokan inscriptions from Meerut and Ambala and placed one at the ridge and another at Kotla Ferozeshah. A three-storey building was constructed on his orders to support the Pillar of Ashoka. The pillar was actually at Topra, near Ambala inscribed with several edicts such as his principles of governance. This monolith pillar is 13m high and is tapering in structure, with a diameter of 65 centimetres at the top and 97 centimetres at the bottom. By the order of Feroz Shah, it was brought to Delhi with massive effort and reinstalled Here. It was topped with a multitude of coloured stones and a golden globe with a crescent on top. The adjacent building although now in ruins, originally had a railing and 8 domed chhatris (pillared kiosks at the and a stone lion at each corner. The other pillar, brought from Meerut, is situated elsewhere and is seen installed near Bara Hindu Rao Hospital . To bring this pillar to Delhi great care was taken as they were fragile. According to legend, silk cotton was wrapped around it and it was then lowered on a soft bed, encased in reed and raw skins and placed on a 42-wheel carriage. Two hundred men pulled the carriage with strong ropes to the Yamuna bank, the column was transferred to large boats and carried down to Firozabad and then to Kushak. After completion of each storey, the pillar was raised on to it, till it reached the top. Once installed, ornamental friezes in black and white stones were placed around the capital and over it was raised a guided copper cupola. This sandstone pillar has inscriptions in Brahmi script containing ten commandments of Buddha. In later centuries, minor records of pilgrims and travellers were inscribed on it. A Sanskrit engraving records the conquests of Chauhan king Visala.
Sandstone Pillars are a unique feature in Indian history which connects two different dynasties that ruled India the Mauryan and the Tughlaq empire. It is also a testimont to the fact that foreign invaders plundered India and then reconstructed their palaces according to their wish. Visitors here can get a glimpse of the past India which is although mostly in ruins. The best time to visit the Sandstone Pillars is during the months of October - March as it can get quite hot in the summer months.
The Sandstone Pillars should be vsited by history buffs, students and also lovers of architecture. Visitors will love the open atmosphere and the beautiful ruins. There are no entry fees for visiting the Sandstone Pillars. It is recommended to visit the ruins during timings 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.