Monday, 2 September 2013

Jantar Mantar.. The Astrological Wonder.

The pink city.... "Jaipur"... blessed with amazing architecture since ancient times.. and still maintains its evergreen heritage of wonderful architectural work, traditional flavor and untouchable designs.The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Sawai Jai Singh.He had constructed a total of five such facilities at different locations, including the ones at Delhi and Jaipur. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of these. 





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. The Samrat Yantra, the largest instrument, is 90 feet (27 m) high, its shadow carefully plotted to 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.



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.







Today the observatory is a popular tourist attraction. However, local astronomers still use it to predict the weather for farmers. Students of astronomy and Vedic astrology are required to take some of their 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 texts. 





One of the most amazing.... and place full of knowledge and instruments .. a must visit for everyone. Take a tour to this astrological educational garden..to learn more. 


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