Jantar Mantar in India is an active part of Astronomy, lets take you through a brisk journey about their locations, who was the mastermind behind these observatories, and how to reach these places.
Before we move ahead, answer the below Question.
If someone asks, What is the time?
You’ll automatically turn your wrist or unlock your cell immediately to check it but, are you aware of how time used to be calculated before the invention of these digital gadgets?
It was measured by checking the movement of the sun in large observatories on huge stones.
This post is about such observatories namely Jantar Mantar.
So let’s dig deep into it and know more about these Astronomic apparatuses but before that let’s meet the super mind behind these astronomy marvels.
Sawai Jai Singh- II
When we think of a King, we imagine a warrior, philanthropist, tyrant, or a great admirer of culture.
But, have you heard about a king who was an immense scholar of Astrology?
At the age of eleven, Sawai Jai Singh became King of Amber, and due to his analytical skills, display of bravery to rule the Kachhawa kingdom, Mughal king Aurangzeb gave him the honorary title of Sawai, meaning someone above average man in strength and intelligence.
The King Sawai Jai Singh of Amber (Presently Jaipur) was the one who had immense interest in Mathematics, Trigonometry, Architectures, and Astrology. His love for architecture is visible in his capital city of Jaipur. Pink city is also the first Indian city made under proper planning.
To excel in his love of Astrology, he built five observatories in India, the cities in which these observatories are New Delhi, Mathura, Ujjain, Varanasi, and Jaipur.
These Observatories have stone sundials that keep on predicting the accurate time of day, and the ancient day Astrology has been able to guide until some of the modern-day apparatus came into existence.
These Observatories are popular as the name Jantar Mantar.
About the Jantar Mantar
The main objective to construct these observatories in India was to get the time of day and predict the movements of the Sun, Moon, and Planet.
In the Early 18th century, Sawai Jai Singh constructed 5 Jantar Mantar, out of which the largest one in his Capital city of Jaipur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has the world’s largest sundial.
Out of these five astronomy marvels or Jantar Mantar of India, currently, four are operational.The one in Mathura specifically was destroyed during the 1857 war of Independence that took place between India and Britain lately.
During the same time, Delhi’s Jantar Mantar also came under attack but got under maintenance and some years later it was open again.
Main Equipments in Jantar Mantar
- Vrihat Samrat Yantra
- Small Samrat Yantra
- Jaya Prakash Yantra
- Chakra Yantra
- Ram Yantra
- Kranti Writta and Yantra Raj
How to reach
Nearest Metro Station – Badi Chaupar Metro Station
Jaipur Railway Station – Jaipur Junction Railway station
Jaipur Bus Stand – Sindhi camp bus stand
Airport – Jaipur International Airport
Nearby Places to visit – City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Old City, Jal Mahal.
When you are in Jaipur, don’t forget to try these yummy Kachori Places.
How to reach
Nearest Metro Station – Rajiv Chowk Metro station
Railway Station – New Delhi and Old Delhi Station both are nearby.
Bus Stand – Kashmiri Gate ISBT bus stand
Airport – IGI Airport
Tip – All the above are well connected to each other by Delhi Metro
Nearby Places to visit – Connaught place, Agrasen ki Baoli, Palika market
How to reach
Railway Station – Varanasi Junction
Bus Stand – Chaudhary Charan Singh Bus Stand, Varanasi
Airport – Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport
Nearby Places to visit – Dashashmedh Ghat, Thai Temple, Dhamek Stupa
How to reach
Railway Station – Ujjain Junction
Bus Stand – Ujjain Nana Kheda Private Bus Stand
Airport – Ujjain Airport (Domestic Airport)
Places to visit Nearby: Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Jain Museum, Shri Ram ghat, and many more.
Jantar Mantar in India is some of the places which haven’t received much fame, and popularity, as they should have got, do visit these places as they are operational today as well.
After reading about it, I couldn’t resist myself from mentioning this beautiful quote.
Time is like a handful of sand – the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers.
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