Jantar Mantar is the most iconic place situated in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Maharaja Jay Singh II was the founder of the Jaipur city and this spectacular monument was his celestial observatory. The king was an avid astronomer and that is why he built Jantar Mantar right next to his abode, City Palace. In the history of India, Jantar Mantar, Jaipur is the second such observatory constructed by king after the Jantar Mantar in Delhi. It is built of some finest stones and marbles of Rajasthan. The purpose of Jantar Mantar is to standardize time and form a celestial calendar which is very much essential to rule a city.
Interestingly, at the first visit, you may find it many meaningless stone sculptures of white stones, but the guide will explain how each and every single inch is constructed with supreme mathematical measurement with respect to the movements of stars and planets.
The term “Jantar Mantar” is so much associated with the “magical precision of the instrument”. Many eminent scholars of Vedic Literature have claimed that the root of the name is from Vedic word “Yantra” meaning “Instrument” and which has also got a name in colloquial English, “Hocus Pocus”.
1. Consists of 14 solid geometric devices.
2. Includes an equinoctial sundials and a huge gnomon parallel to the earth’s axis.
3. On the other side of the quadrant of the circle is parallel to the plane of the equator.
4. The face of Jantar Mantar is slightly angled in 27 degrees to the latitude of Jaipur city.
Through the ages, tour of Jantar Mantar has astonished the visitors through its outstanding accuracy of calculation.
It was restored in 2001 for the first time by British rulers.
When should you visit Jantar Mantar?
As per the Indian climate, October to March is the best time to visit Jantar Mantar. During this time, the weather is considerably stable and neither the scorching summer nor the heavy monsoon rain disrupts your tour.