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A Pillar Without Foundation

In the courtyard of the Chennakesava (Vishnu) temple in Belur in South India, stands a 40-foot tall stone pillar.
The unusual thing about this pillar is that it has no foundation.
Stately and elegant and weighing more than 20,000 kg, the pillar has been placed on a platform without being joined to it in any way, and has stood there braving the elements for the past nine centuries.
The 'gravity pillar' as it is called, is concaved at the bottom so that it rests only on its edges and not on its entire base. It was built by the great Hoysala king, Vishnuvardhana.

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