Secrets of Jantar Mantar in Jaipur
Posted On June 17th, 2017
The monument of Jantar Mantar located in Jaipur, of Indian state of Rajasthan is basically a collection of nineteen interesting architectural and astronomical instruments. Jantar Mantar was built by then Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II. The construction was completed in 1734 CE. It acts as a house to the world’s largest ever stone sundial, and yes, it is UNESCO World Heritage site.
Few things unknown about Jantar Mantar Jaipur
1. Jaipur Jantar Mantar is positioned at the Old City, which is located between royal City Palace and Hawa Mahal
2. Jantar Mantar made its entry in the list of UNESCO World Heritage site
3. Jantar stands for “instrument” and mantar stands for “formula” or you can even say “calculation”. In short Jantar Mantar stands for ‘calculation instrument’
4. Jaipur Jantar Mantar is among the five observatories which were built by Jaipur Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. One of those Jantar Mantar is located in Delhi
5. Jaipur Jantar Mantar is designed based on the layout of the observatory in Delhi
6. The Jaipur Jantar Mantar is the largest one. When compared among 5 Jantar Mantar’s of India this one in Jaipur is best preserved one
7. There are total 19 architectural and astronomical instruments which are housed in Jantar Mantar Jaipur
8. Jaipur Jantar Mantar entry tickets are allotted as composite ticket which covers entry in Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Albert Hall Museum in two days time from the date of issue of the ticket
9. If there is language problem for the visitors then help of Audio guides can be taken in various languages which are made available at Jantar Mantar against an additional fee
10. Jaipur Jantar Mantar be experienced best when visited in afternoon
The 3 most popular instruments which are housed in the Jantar Mantar of Jaipur are:
• Unnatamsa: It is an important astronomical instrument which is used for measuring of altitude or angular height of any object which is positioned in the sky.
• Samrat Yantra : It is undoubtedly one of the most popular and largest astronomical instrument which is positioned in Jantar Mantar and named Samrat Yantra. It is bascally a sundial which is designed to give local time with absolute accuracy of 2 seconds.
• Jaya Prakash Yantra: Another popular instrument located in Jantar Mantar is Jaya Prakash Yantra and it is also the maximum photographed one because of its appealing look in striped black and white. This instrument is used for finding the positions of heavenly bodies.