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Jantar Mantar – a must visit place in Jaipur

GGN | January 29, 2014, 06:13 PM IST
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The Jantar Mantar is an observatory located in Jaipur City, state of Rajasthan, India. It was built by Jai Singh II (emperor of the Amber dynasty) in between the years 1727 and 1734.

There are a total of five Jantar Mantar observatories of the same style built by the emperor at different places in the country.

Among the five constructions, the Jantar Mantar observatory at Jaipur is considered as the biggest. Thoroughly restored in 1901, the Jantar Mantar was declared a national monument in 1948.
An excursion through this observatory is a unique experience of walking through solid geometry and encountering a collective astronomical system designed to probe the heavens.

About Jantar Mantar
The Jantar Mantar was built with marble, several stones and bronze sheets; the placement of these materials is very accurate. The Jantar Mantar observatory is also known as “time machine”. It contains 14 numerical devices which are used in time measurement, approaching eclipses, discovering new planets, present condition of the planets and predicting about the outer space altitudes.

In the present days, the Jantar Mantar observatory is a great tourist spot.  The people of this city still use the Jantar Mantar for the prediction of weathers.
The Jantar Mantar is also filmed in many national and international films and has become a great spot for shooting films. It was used as a filming location for the 2006 film The Fall as a maze. Storm Thorgerson photographed the sundial for the cover of Shpongle's DVD, Live at the Roundhouse 2008.


The Geometric Instruments
The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars' location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides. Each is a fixed and 'focused' tool.
Built from local stone and marble, each instrument carries an astronomical scale, generally marked on the marble inner lining. Bronze tablets, all extraordinarily accurate, were also employed.
The instruments are in most cases huge structures. The scale to which they have been built has been attributed to increase their accuracy.
The Samrat Yantra, for instance, which is a sundial, can be used to tell the time to an accuracy of about two seconds in Jaipur local time.

Many of the other smaller instruments, for instance the Ram Yantra, display remarkable innovation in architectural design.

Now, the observatory is used by astronomers, to calculate the auspicious date for weddings, etc. Students of astronomy and Vedic astrology (Jyotish) are required to take lessons at the observatory, and it can be said that the observatory is the single most representative work of Vedic thought that still survives, apart from the scriptures.

Samrat Yantra
The giant Sundial, known as the Samrat Yantra (The Supreme Instrument) is the world's largest sundial, standing 27 meters tall. Its shadow moves visibly at 1 mm per second, or roughly a hand's breadth (6 cm) every minute, which can be a profound experience.  The shadow can tell the time of day. Its face is angled at 27 degrees, the latitude of Jaipur. The Hindu chhatri (small cupola) on top is used as a platform for announcing eclipses and the arrival of monsoons.


How to get there
Jaipur being the capital city of Rajasthan state and also second largest tourist spot in India is well connected with all the parts of the country. In addition there are several bus services from all the parts of Rajasthan state. People traveling there can choose their means of transport according to their interest.
 

Timings
The Jantar Mantar opens at 9:00 a.m in the morning and closes 4:30 p.m. in the evening.

 

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