History of Jantar Mantar – Jaipur
Built in the year 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, the Jantar-Mantar is a series of astronomical observatories located in New Delhi. The monument is one out of five other monuments built by the king in various other cities with the same name Jantar Mantar, such as Jaipur, Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi.
The speciality of the structure that consists of 13 astronomical instruments lies with the interesting functions installed in the buildings (the observatories) that could be used for measurements related to astronomy.
The buildings involve a lot of geometrical elements, built with minuet detailing and have managed to garner the attention of artists, architects and historians from all over the world.
The fundamental purpose behind the construction of the structure was to have the equipment that could measure and predict the movements of the sun, moon and the planets.
The place has gathered a lot of appreciation and inquisitiveness behind its unique theories from a lot of people with keen interest in astronomy and astrology.
Although the place is one of the famous tourist attractions in the country, the overall essence and value of the monument has depreciated a lot over the years, due to lack of maintenance and construction of tall buildings around the structure which has somehow jeopardized the accuracy of the monument in terms of astronomical measurements.