So I have way too much fun setting up hard drives…
at Piazza del Duomo
Fortes fortuna iuvat. (at Ancient City Of Pompei)
The Misra Yantra (mixed instrument) is my favorite instrument at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, and is made up of five different precise astronomical instruments joined in a single structure.
I think the best part of this is the four semi circular rings that make up the central ‘heart’ shaped structure. They allow calculating the local time at Notkey in Japan, Sartichew in the Pic Islands, Zurich, and Greenwich, all of which housed astronomical observatories at the time. (at Jantar Mantar)
This is the Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Built in 1725, it is the first of the five Jantar Mantar observatories constructed.
It’s huge compared to the one in Benares! The large size allows higher precision (the Samrat Yantra, the equinoctial dial, has a precision of half a second!).
#HistoryLesson (at Jantar Mantar)
A look at the rest of the observatory from the top of the Samrat Yantra (the sundial). (at Man Singh Observatory)
Besides being busy fighting wars and ruling his kingdom, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh was also an astronomy enthusiast. He built 5 different observatories, now knows as Jantar Mantar, allowing very precise astronomical measurements. The one in Varanasi was one of the smaller ones.
This was cutting edge astronomy in the early 1700s!
#HistoryLesson (at Man Singh Observatory)
Fun fact: My home city, Varanasi, is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, with evidence of settlements dating back to the twelfth/eleventh century BCE.
#HistoryLesson (at Rana Mahal Ghat)
This is the Dhamek Stupa in Sarnath, built in 500 CE. It marks the spot near where the Buddha preached his first sermon to his five disciples after enlightenment.
#HistoryLesson (at Dhamek Stupa)