Jantar Mantar is a wonderfully preserved heritage astronomical observatory, built between 1727 & 1734 by Sawai Jai Singh (Rajput Mughal Commander), who had a keen interest in Astronomy. Today, Jantar Mantar sits pretty within  City Palace compound of Jaipur and during one my numerous visits to the city, I had the opportunity to spend a quiet & reflective afternoon among the beautiful structures. 
Jantar Mantar has been inscribed as one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and rightfully so. It is a architectural astronomical marvel, working perfectly even to the present day.

The observatory has 14 astronomic structures, which are not only large in size, but built from solid stone & marble. It is mentioned in Wikipedia that “The scale to which they have been built has been alleged to increase their accuracy.” 
The guide showing me around knew a lot about how measurements were done at the various instruments and showed us the interesting ways time was measured by the different instruments.

Jai Prakash Yantra  (Image below)  with its the play of shadow & light on gave me some really good photographic opportunities.

What really interested me were the individual constellation devices, I clicked Gemini (my sun sign) from many angles 🙂 

Jantar Mantar is a popular tourist destination within Jaipur and is always full of visitors.
Jantar Mantar makes for a nice visit if in Jaipur and it is really well preserved, no doubt it is a World Heritage Site, though when I visited it, I did not know about this bit of information. And, just when I started writing this post about 2 days back, I got the wonderful news that some more forts in Rajasthan have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, notably Amer Fort , to which I have already been to!! (yippe)!!

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  1. It's a nice place to visit and enjoy. I read another your post about this building. The buildings are so uniqu and beautiful and nice color.
    Have a nice weekend!

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