architectural astronomy at Jantar Mantra & Hawa Mahal - JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN.

- Exploring busy Jaipur with all it's history. Getting my architectural astronomy on at Jantar Mantra.
It's the "equinoctial sundial, consisting a gigantic triangular gnomon with the hypotenuse parallel to the Earth's axis. On either side of the gnomon is a quadrant of a circle, parallel to the plane of the equator. The instrument is intended to measure the time of day, correct to half a second and declination of the Sun and the other heavenly bodies.

There are four Jantar Mantar monuments in India, of which the largest is in Jaipur which features many instruments along with the world's largest stones sundial."

And of course I had to gaze up at the great Hawa Mahal, or "Place of Winds". Tt was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. Not enough? Oh yeah, there's one of the best street chais I've had in India. And I've had quit a bit chai there.



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