Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

Get ready for a splash of red and a world of geometry- sorry astromomy. I had been to the Jantar Mantar ages ago & just realised that I haven't posted about it. So here's taking a sneek peek at the astronomical wonder from history(made in 1724) and the neat pictures it made even with my cheap temporary Kodak camera. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II and continues to attract tourists in New Delhi.
Even for someone like me without any background in astronomy or architechture, its precise spare and aesthetic structure was still a delight to shoot. Composing shots was such fun. Everywhere I turned was a stunning picture waiting to be taken.

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 astrology.

For the curious, the Wiki page does give a brief description of the place and the various structures within.
You can also read this post on Vogue.in


Neha said...

Beautiful pictures, Vineeta! I'm amazed by the architectural beauty of this monument and the way you've captured it from just the right angles.

I'm surprised at myself that I've never visited Jantar mantar, even though I've spent so many years in Delhi.

Sushmita said...

LOVELY photos! How I'd love to go..

Sans! said...

Really awesome pictures. I have seen pictures of the Jantar Mantar on some tour sites but only your pictures make it magical.

? said...

As with any such place, it become surreal with tourist-posings!
This is strategically placed near all that wonderful shopping in Delhi too! :-)