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Jantar Mahal

Kevin Standage

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The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments (or observatory), built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh. In total he constructed five such collections of instruments across India, the Jantar Mantar is the best preserved.

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The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric structures for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking star locations as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declination of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides.

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Visiting this place is a bit of a surreal experience, nothing else quite like it exists anywhere in the world and the strange shapes and lines makes it a challenge to sufficiently photograph. I was also hampered by a lack of sunlight to cast both light and the all important shadows. So unfortunately this collection of photos is not what I would have hoped for.

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The instruments are in most cases huge structures, which it is believed…

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