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Jantar Mantar Jaipur

Fast Facts
Jaipur, Rajasthan
Constructed By: Jai Singh II
Tourist Attractions: One of the largest observatories of the five other
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Timings: Daily from 09:00 A.M. To 04:30 P.M.
Entry Fee: Rs. 24 per Indian, Rs. 54 per Foreigner
(including camera)

In addition to exploring the colossal forts and havelies in Jaipur, make a tour to Jantar Mantar Jaipur. Dedicated to the discovery of Science and Astronomy, this observatory is a masterpiece in Asia. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II during his ruling period in Jaipur (1727 to 1734). In the year 1948, the magnificient Jantar Mantar Jaipur observatory was declared as the National Monument of India.

Jantar Mantar

The name 'Jantar Mantar' carries deep meaning with it. Jantar indicates instrument and Mantar indicates formula or calculation. Beside the astronomical meaning, the observatory has great religious importance. It highlights the legends behind ancient Indian astronomers, who where masterminds in the field of Hindu astrology.

Architectural Marvel of Jantar Mantar
History says that Jantar Mantar in Jaipur has been modeled after the similar one was build in Delhi, the capital of India. But, the observatory in the Pink City(Jaipur) of Rajasthan is the largest one. It presents the brilliant combination of marbles and stone. The campus in and around the astronomical building has been constructed in such a way, that it follows the scientific calculation and combination used in tracing the celestial bodies. Each nook and corner has been measured as per astronomical scale and has clear lining of marble. The huge stone observation devices, built with different dimensions represents the excellent architectural work of archaic eras.

Astronomical Instruments in Jantar Mantar Observatory
Astronomical devices and instruments in the Jantar Mantar are attracts astrologers, historians, students, tourists from different pockets of the world.

» Samrat Yantra: The world's largest sun dial measures a height of 27 meters. It consists of a massive triangle with a curved structure on both sides. It can tell the time with an accuracy of 2 seconds.

» Kranti Yantra: This instrument helps to measure the latitude and longitude of heavenly bodies.

» Ram Yantra: It indicate the altitude and declination of celestial bodies.

» Jai Prakash Yantra: The hemispherical bowl structure instruments represents the celestial sphere. It is used to mark the positions of the celestial bodies during days and nights.

» Laghu Samrat Yantra: This small Sundial serves the purpose of tracing the movement of Sun. It gives the time to an accuracy of 20 seconds.

» Brihat Samarat Yantra: This extra-ordinary Sundial helps astrologers to predict change in whether, like rainfalls, storm etc.

» Dhruva Darshak Yantra: This instrument helps to determine the location of Polo Star.

Other astronomical devices of note are Chakra Yantra, Ram Yantra, Diganta Yantra, Unnatansha Yantra, Dakhinovrith Bhitti Yantra and Rashi Yantra

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