DAILY PHOTO: Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Taken at the Jantar Mantar, Delhi on December 16, 2016

Taken at the Jantar Mantar, Delhi on December 16, 2016


The Jantar Mantar are astronomical clocks / calendars. Five of them were built in early 18th century India by order of Maharaja Jai Singh II.  The others are in Jaipur, Varanasi, Ujjain, and Mathura. The one at Jaipur is said to be the most impressive, and I can attest that it’s more impressive than the complex in Delhi. However, I’ve only visited the two. What we read of the Varanasi one didn’t make it sound worth the trip, even though we were in the area of it.  (It’s atop one of the buildings near the main ghat.) I haven’t been to the other two cities, but I’ve heard that not all of the Jantar Mantar remain intact, so they may just be ruins.


When we were visiting the location in Jaipur, a guide asked: “Do you believe in these things, astrology and astronomy?”


To which the natural response is: “That’s like asking whether I believe in ghosts and gravity.”


At any rate, if you are into science these sites are worth your time.


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DAILY PHOTO: Lahori Gate of Red Fort


Taken in October of 2013 in Delhi

Taken in October of 2013 in Delhi

RedFort13The seven white, bulbous mini-domes in the top background of the bottom shot are the same as those at the top of the upper photo. Fortifications are built out in front of the gate to add a measure of security. There is no line-of-sight view of the gate from the front.

DAILY PHOTO: Sikh Temple Guard

Taken in Delhi in November of 2013.

Taken in Delhi in November of 2013

One doesn’t see many spear and sword wielding guards anymore. This was taken at the Sikh Temple on Chandni Chowk, i.e. the Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib.