Jantar Mantar – Best Observatory with an accuracy of 2 seconds
Day 9- 7th Oct 2012
After the Keoladeo National Park,took a bus and continued to my next destination – Jaipur.It was a 3-4 hours drive.
Jaipur as all of Rajasthan, is a very colourful city and the list of things to do and see here is long.
I got down at the busstand,kept my Backpack at the Cloak room and was inquiring about buses which would leave to Vadodara ( Baroda ).A auto rickshaw guy approached me and offered me a good deal which I definitely couldn’t say no.He took Rs.250/- for local Jaipur Sightseeing,got me Private bus ticket to Vadodara -all these in 4.30 hours.
First we went to Jantar Mantar around 4,they told me it will close by 4.30 and the ticket guy suggested better to go for Sound and Light show which will start at 18.30 pm.
Then the auto guy suggested that we do the sight seeing and little bit of shopping,etc.
The heritage lovers like me will enjoy the City Palace and its museum that houses a cache of priceless artefacts. A drive past the pink Hawa Mahal gives you an insight of how protected the court ladies were as the many windows that line the face is from where they peeked at the world without being seen themselves.
Then we went to the markets for shopping. Silver jewellery and beautiful sarees and textiles as well as handicrafts are souvenirs to take back home. Get a taste of the local Rajasthani cuisine at the restaurants and do order dal bhatti churma and laal maas – the specialties.
By 18.30 we were back to Jantar Mantar and went for the Sound & Light.Its truly amazing.I couldn’t take pictures but tried and covered as much in videos which are too big to share here.
Jantar Mantar at Jaipur is a stone observatory that is the largest in the world. Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur, between 1727 and 1733. The term ‘Jantar Mantar’ is derived from the Sanskrit word-‘Yantra Mantra’ meaning instruments and formulae. The ‘Yantra Mantra’ literally means ‘Magical Device’. Being a reputed astronomer, Jai Singh was commissioned by Emperor Muhammad Shah, to correct the astronomical tables and to confirm the data that was available on the planetary positions. He took nearly seven years to finish the Jantar Mantar. The observatory is constructed on the data available in La Hire’s “Tables” and is believed to be more accurate then the Table itself. It was restored in 1901 and in 1948 the famous observatory was declared a national monument.
Jantar Mantar is wholly constructed with stone and marble. The observatory consists of fourteen geometric devices for measuring the time of the day, the heights of heavenly bodies, predicting eclipses and the situations of constellations. The function of each instrument is rather complex but serves a particular function where time plays the main theme. The Samrat Yantra, for instance, which is a sundial, can be used to tell the time to an accuracy of about two seconds in Jaipur local time. The sundial is 27.4m high and is still used on the Guru Purnima (full moon day in the month of Jul/Aug) to forecast the onset of monsoon. These observatories have fascinated historians, architects, artists and astronomers not just in India, but all over the world.
After this we went in search of private travels for a bus to Vadodara.Finally got one to Ahmedabad,had dinner and boarded the bus.By now I was too tired and the Bus journey was too long than expected,I reached Ahmedabad only by 12.30 in the noon the next day.This was the only tiresome journey in my whole of 12 day expedition.
Timings : Open from 9am to 16.30 pm on all days.
Sound & Light Show : 18.30 to 20.30 hrs.
1.Do visit this observatory first thing in the morning head towards City Palace,Hawa Mahal,Temples and some shopping.Come back for the Sound and Light show.
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