A super easy quiz for Delhi lovers this morning! Tell us what and where this structure is!
Latest update: This is the Jantar Mantar at Delhi, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, in 1724. It was meant to be an observatory for making astronomical calculations. Jai Singh mentions that he built it on the orders of the Mughal emperor of the time- Muhammad Shah. The observatory comprised several buildings serving a variety of astronomical purposes. The specific one that you see in the picture above is the Ram Yantra (or the machine of the Lord Ram), the walls and floor of which are graduated to read azimuth and altitude (horizontal and vertical angles). There were actually 5 such observatories built in Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura (the last of which no longer exists). Today of course, the monument is better known as the site for several public protests in the world’s largest democracy.
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