Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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

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