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"An Astonishing Astronomical Observatory"

An ancient observatory in the heart of Delhi, is something very few people expect. Situated on Sansad Marg, very close to Connaught Place, this is a must visit to see the beautiful structure and for photography. As my photographs will show, the interspersed red and white structures are a photographer and architects delight.

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Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Jantar Mantar is located in the modern city of New Delhi. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. The site is one of five built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, from 1723 onwards, as he was given by Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah the task of revising the calendar and astronomical tables. There is a plaque fixed on one of the structures in the Jantar Mantar observatory in New Delhi that was placed there in 1910 mistakenly dating the construction of the complex to the year 1710. Later research, though, suggests 1724 as the actual year of construction.

The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. Some of these purposes nowadays would be classified as astronomy.

Completed in 1724, the Delhi Jantar Mantar had decayed considerably by 1867.


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