Jantar Mantar

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Jantar Mantar New Delhi Reviews

JosephHike JosephHi…
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Jantar Mantar of New Delhi Dec 18, 2014
About the Location:

This astronomy park contains a number of precision architecture mostly built by King Jai Singh as described by the history textbooks. In total, there are 13 astronomy architectures in the park, but mainly three of them are the most important namely - Misra yantra, samrat yantra and Jayaprakash yantra. The overall utility of these special constructions is to track the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets.

Each of the remarkable architecture has its special meaning, the Misra yantra is used for measuring the shortest and longest days of the year, whereas the Samrat is used as a smart sundial, which displays the hourly time and helps in tracking the movements of various heavenly bodies. Finally, the Jayaprakash helps in calculating star positions.

The entry fee is quite nominal and it was Rs. 5 at that time when I visited, they are open all day from the morning until evening.

The Experience:

It clearly displays that the ancient kings and architects can easily beat the modern scientists, which bricks and sand they are able to construct such precision structures. You will find large stainless steel plates with plans and information inscribed about the yantras.

This park also contains lovely garden and lawns to relax. You can find many shady places to have a small conversation. This park is very lightly crowded. You can take snaps free of charge.

Located very near to Parliament Street and Connaught place, it is easily reachable by taxi, auto rickshaw or by tourist bus. You can also get down at the Patel Chowk metro station to avoid the road traffic.

I took the tourist bus known as HOHO bus (meaning Hop on Hop off), each bus has a guide who will describe each of the attraction to you very clearly. Its very easy to get the tickets for the HOHO bus. They have a very unique concept, you can start your visit to New Delhi attractions by their bus and get down at any spot, when you are finished with one spot, you can wait for another bus who will pick you up and carry you to next spot.

In short you don't have to worry of any fixed time in a particular spot. For more info, you can contact them or visit their website.
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Nair2011 Nair2011
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18th Century Sun and Moon Observatory Jul 01, 2012
The founder of the Jantar Mantars in India is Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, This Maharaja ruled India in a volatile period of Indian History (1696-1743). His intrest in Science and Astronomy resulted these Jantar Mantars. After studying all available information in different schools of astronomy, he built these large observatories despite his substantial political and administrative concerns.

This Jantar Mantar, located in the heart of Delhi, built in 18th Century. This observatory is the oldest among all in India. This attraction can be reached through Delhi Metro through gate 2 of Patel Chowk station in Yellow line.

This observatory has 4 Yantras.

Misra Yantra is unique Yantra in this observatory. Dakshinottara Bhitti,Samrat, Niyat Chakra, Karka Rasivalaya and Western Quadrant are the five components of this Yantra. With the help of these 5 components people use to read the movement and altitude of sun, inturn the time of different places of Globe.

Ram Yantras were used to measure the horizontal and vertical angles of Celestial bodies, such as the sun and moon.

Jai Prakash Yantra was used to measure the coordinated of a celestial object, local time and other zodiac observations.

Measurement of the declination, Zenith distance and the diameter of the sun was done by Shasthamasa Yantra.

Samrat Yantra was used to measure the Solar time or Local time of a place and the sun's declination

I felt great after knowing how 18th century people use to measure the planet, sun and moon moments to know the time and future of people through birth Rasis.

Entry fee is IRS 5 for Indian nationals and 2USD for other nationals. Definitely recommended for all visitors of Delhi.
Jantar Mantar Sign
Misra Yantra
Measurement markings on Misra Yant…
Samrat Yantra
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Nice park with an astronomical theme to it!! Feb 12, 2011
Built in the eighteenth century by the prevailing mughal emperor, Jantar Mantar was constructed in order to learn and understand more about astronomy. The grounds are lined with various “buildings” or “monuments” which would have been used to calculate things such as the sun, the position of certain stars and so forth.

Back in the day, I’m sure this would have been cutting edge stuff. These days, the sight has a park feel to it where you can view some interesting sculptures. I was amazed that it is still possible to see the instruments up close. You can still see the markings on them. It’s great to see such old structures too and then see the modern skyscrapers in the sky nearby!

This is quite a strange place to visit, and worth a quick visit if you have an hour or so to spare in New Delhi.
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