Jaipur - Jai Prakesh Yantar

One of the extraordinary series of astronomical instruments built in Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar. Not only can the Jai Prakesh Yantar be used during the day but  also at night time , achieved by standing inside the instrument and locating the celestial bodies from between the slabs and through the metal ring.

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Jaipur - Jai Prakash Yantra
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Jaipur - Great Samrat Yantra

Built on the orders of Maharaja Jai Sing II at the beginning of the 1700’s Jaipur presents the best of the five Jantar Mantar (Instruments for Calculation) he constructed. They are  in Delhi, Ujjain, Bananas, Mathura and Jaipur. These amazing construction of brick and metal achieve extraordinary precision. The Great Samtra Yantra is a giant instrument rising to 27 meters and giving an accuracy to within 2 seconds.

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Jaipur - Great Samrat Yantra
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Jaipur - Hawa Mahal

Haha Mahal is known as the Palace of the Winds. It was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh so that the women of the royal household could view life in the city while remaining unseen. At that time, they had to observe purdah. The building had almost 1000 glassless windows to promote a cooling breeze, and was shaped to resemble a crown.

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Jaipur - Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal.. a thin screen wall  or facade for the women to observe the festivals and street life. It was built as an addition to the zenana or women’s chambers (Harem). Although it appears to be a large construction, it is only a small faced of the City Palace

 

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Jaipur - Stepwell

This is a beautiful example of a stepwell, found in many parts of Rajasthan.  A the water recedes in the summer, before the monsoon, it is possible to enter the well and climb down to the water level. Alcoves are built into the sides of the stepwell to provide shade from the sun (Temperatures can reach 45C)

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Jaipur - Stepwell
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Jaipur - Stepwell

This image shows the moment after a Brahmin has just dived into the water after his morning prayer.

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Jaipur - Shiva Temple

Just below the Amber Palace is this lovely Temple  dedicated to Lord Shiva. The smaller building to the right contains the god’s ‘vehicle’. Each deity has his or her own animal ‘vehicle’. You can tell to which deity a temple is dedicated by the animal ‘parked’ in the kiosk outside. For example Durga rides a cockerel or a tiger. Shiva has a white bull among other animals.

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Jaipur - Shiva Temple
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Jaipur - Shiva Temple
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Jaipur - Shiva Temple
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Jaipur- Shiva Temple
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Jaipur - Shiva Temple
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Jaipur - Samode Haveli

The Samode Haveli is a beautiful series of old buildings surrounding a number of smaller and larger courtyards, located in the the centre of Jaipur. This elegant , duck egg blue room is the outdoor saloon.

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Jaipur - Samode Haveli

This is the indoor saloon at Samode Haveli.

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