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M Lee on June 11, 2008

Those are defintely steep stairs. What is that tower for? Do you know?

Elios Amati on June 12, 2008

He! M Lee In Jaipur, the capital of the federal state Rhajasthan situated in the west of India, you will find one of the most timeless and culturally independent pieces of architecture in the world. A place of religion and science still in its own unsecularized integrity, only comparable with the witnesses in stone of the archaic cultures.

The Jantar-Mantar (Sanskrit; translated as “Magical Device”) was built between 1728 and 1734 due to the drafts of Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693 -1743) in the centre of Jaipur, which itself was founded 1727 as new capital city of his principalityOver 30 metres in height, the big sundial is the most impressive and the biggest device. The ramp that forms the indicator is orientated to the north. It's gradient of 27 degrees is equivalent to the latitude of Jaipur. Thus the ramp points exactly to the Celestial North Pole. The shadow of the indicator falls of the wing-shaped western and eastern scales. They are made of marble as the side edges of the indicator are, and covered with delicate measuring divisions. According to the size and architectural precision, the shadow shows the local time accurate within four minutes. With a sighting stick or a little shadow stick that is moved along the stairs until the shadow just touches the edge of the quadrant, the distance in degrees of the sun or other stars from the equator can be measured. This method allows the determination to the minute of equinoxes and solstices which are of central meaning for all religious astronomical and astrological world systems. The Samrat Jantar, the largest instrument, is 90 feet 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 domed cupola) on top is used as a platform for announcing eclipses and the arrival of monsoons. Greetings from Italy, Elios

M Lee on June 26, 2008

So that is like a giant sun dial and calendar.

Thank you very much for the description on the picture.

Andrey Bogdanov on February 3, 2010

May be the best snap of this place! Cheers from Russia, Andrey.

Elios Amati on February 5, 2010

Thanks for the nice comment, Andrey, Greetings from Italy, Elios

juncujuncu on November 5, 2011

Molto bello. LIKE

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Photo taken in Malve Nagar, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302007, India
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

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