Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

A Stairway to Heaven at the Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

A Stairway to Heaven at the Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Sing in the tune of “Oh my Darling, Clementine “:

Oh my Bloggin’, oh my bloggin’, oh my bloggin’ where’s the time?

I am swamped with work laaatelyyyy, dreadful sorry Blog o’ minnneeeeee!

And I am sorry to those of you check to see if I’ve added anything new.  The gallery participated in The Art Show at the beginning of March and now we’re hosting a gallery for Asia Week so it’s been nutty.  I think the last official day off I had was March 3.  I honestly don’t know what day of the week it is.

Back to the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.  It’s down the road from Castle Grayskull, or at least it seems like it with a name like that.  Maharajah Jai Singh II built five Jantar Mantar complexes in west central India between 1727 and 1734.  There’s one in New Delhi, but we didn’t see it.  Apparently the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the largest and best preserved of all of them.  There are 14 fixed structures to measure time, predict eclipses, track the stars and make other astronomical measurements and observations.

I should have study each one carefully taking in all the historical information as to why and how, but their sheer size and arrangement was enough.  And if you want exhaustive explanations and photos there’s a Cornell University Professor of Art doing that here.

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