Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar
Min Chen
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Maharajah Sawaii Jai Singh II of Jaipur set up five astronomical observatories in North India in the early 18th century. Known as Jantar Mantar (Sanskrit, translating loosely to “Magical Device”), these open-air campuses were comprised of astronomical instruments built on a grand architectural scale. Individual structures measured solar time, the celestial paths of the sun and moon and the latitudes and longitudes of planets and constellations, among other functions.

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