Welcome to Skywatch Friday! Today, I’m sharing one of my favourite shots from one of my more recent trips to the Pink City. This one was taken at Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in the old city area, quote close to that iconic structure Hawa Mahal, that identifies Jaipur to the outside world. The place is mainly a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments that were once used as a platform for announcing eclipses and the arrival of monsoons.
Today, as a popular tourist attraction, Jantar Mantar draws crowds in large numbers everyday. On a crisp, bright December morning, we found ourselves standing by this giant Equatorial Sundial, popularly referred to as the ‘Samrat Yantra’, which stands 27 metres tall. Its’ shadow moves visibly at 1 mm per second, or roughly a hand’s breadth (6 cm) every minute, which can be a profound experience to watch.
Interestingly, a trail of smoke from a passing jet gave me the idea to compose the shot in a way that I could capture both, the dome and the sky beyond!
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