Jantar Mantar – The Chanting Instrument

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five astronomical observatories in west central India. The observatories, or “Jantar Mantars” as they are commonly known, incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialised function for astronomical measurement. These structures with their striking combinations of geometric forms at large scale, have captivated the attention of architects, artists, and art historians world wide, yet remain largely unknown to the general public.