Jantar Mantar, New Delhi – The Perplexity of a Unique Observatory

My days in New Delhi were being spent in quite an amusing manner and I loved each and every day as each day was full of life and vigor. It was the sixth day of my stay in Delhi and I was looking forward to making a visit to the famous Jantar Mantar. I had always read of Jantra Mantar in my school books and that it is one of finest places in the heart of New Delhi.

I was more excited considering the fact that the monument is something of extraordinary nature. There is a strange kind of perplexity within its compounds and that you cannot just go straight into the monument and come out like that.

Jantar Mantar, Delhi

Jantar Mantar, Delhi | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

The Jantar Mantar is an observatory built in the year 1724 by Sawai Jai Singh II. The monument is something a fun-loving person would love to discover. If you are keen in learning civil engineering concepts and how to build complex architectures to create confusion, then you must visit Jantar Mantar at least once. I was not actually interested in learning the concept or the mechanism behind its architecture but I wanted to go inside in the pursuit of some scientific knowledge.

Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh was a passionate astronomer and was keenly interested in discovering various sciences of nature. The sole idea of building Jantar Mantar at the first place was rediscovering science and later it was used as an observatory place that served as a place of interest.

As I went round the Jantar Mantar, I discovered the Samrat Yantra, which is also known as the sun dial. The dial is one of the finest instruments placed within the observatory and is a huge yellow structure having an arm stretching to 27 meters and forming a 27degree angle.

The sun dial was built during those periods when the time was calculated from the position of the sun and the angles of the shadows formed. There is also the Mishra Yantra, which collects data and record facts about the positioning of starts and planets in the sky. It was an exhilarating experience at Jantar Mantar that day.