Delhi Jantar Mantar, which is also spelled as Jantra Mantra, is one of the ancient observatories that should be visited to understand how people kept track of time and seasons in these parts of the world when there were no watches and clocks.
Actually Jantar Mantar Delhi is a complex of several structures called yantras, each having its own scientific contribution, primarily related to astronomy. Raja Sawai Jai Singh II had Jantar Mantar built around 1724 but it was built at the behest of Mohammad Shah, the Moghul emperor who ruled the country at that time.
In all, there are 5 such the Jantar Mantar complexes in the country. They helped people to keep track of planetary positions, and the positions of heavenly bodies such as the moon, and the sun. These structures were also effective tools for coordinating the calendars in the country.
The sundial like structure in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar is rather large, because of which those who are fascinated with such subjects should visit this observatory. There are other fascinating details about Jantar Mantar which can only be experienced on a visit. While regrouping States in the country, authorities added Jantar Mantar in Delhi even though it was Maharaja of Jaipur who had it built. Delhi is one of India’s union territories apart from being its capital.
|Facts About Jantar Mantar|
|Languages||Hindi, Punjabi, English|
|Best Time to Visit||October to March|
|Nearest Railway Station||New Delhi railway station|
|Nearest Airport||Indira Gandhi International Airport|
|Famous||Astronomical Observatory, Samrat Yantra, Jai Prakash, Ram Yantra, Niyati Chakra, Misra Yantra|