Jantar Mantar

February 7, 2014 Comments Off
Jantar Mantar

 THE FIVE OBSERVATORIES built by Sawai Jai Singh II, the one in Jaipur is the largestand best preserved; the others are in Delhi , Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi.A keen astronomer himself, Jai Singh was aware of the latest astronomical studies in the world, and was most inspired by the work of Mirza Ulugh Beg, the astronomer-king of Samarkand.

Built between 1728 and 1734, this observatory resembles a giant sculptural composition of 16 instruments and has been described as “the most realistic and logical landscape in stone”. Some of the instruments are stillused to forecast how hot the summer months will be, the expected date of arrival, duration and intensity of the monsoon, and the possibility of floods and famine.

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