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Monday, April 12, 2010

Jantar Mantar

This majestic structure is located in the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place, and is merely 10 minutes drive away from my home. But unfortunately, I had never had the chance to see the place before this Saturday. Jantar Mantar was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur in the 1700s.

He was a patron of sciences and built five such structures across north India to calculate correct time. There are two sundials at the Delhi Jantar Mantar complex and there are a total of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. This is the inner structure of the cylindrical structures.
The shadow of the central pillar on the horizontal rays was measured to calculate time.
This is the view of the complex from atop the first structure I posted.

6 comments:

magiceye said...

amazing structures!

kavita said...

Splendid,i wish to visit here ..even i have not seen this spot.Thanks for sharing.

Hilda said...

Fantastic!
This must be the largest sundial I have ever seen. ;)

Patty said...

Amazing, the top photo looks like an upside down heart. Thanks for sharing.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

OMG, at first look I thought it was a new structure! Fascinating post.

humanobserver said...

What a wonderful place !

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