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The Observatory at Jaipur

Thu, 19 Feb 09

Duration: 43 mins

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the observatory at Jaipur. Guests include Chandrika Kaul, David Arnold and Chris Minkowski.

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Jaipur's Jantar-Mantar now on UNESCO's World Heritage site

Jantar Mantar, the Pink city's celebrated astronomical observatory built in early 18th century, has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. The decision was taken in UNESCO's World Heritage Committee meeting in Brasilia.
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 I am defenitely agree with this statement. really jaipur is a place where you can get lots of good and heritage places.



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Jantar Mantar in Delhi is a great masterpiece of Indian architecture which shows the scientific acumen of ancient India.



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Frequent protests at Jantar Mantar have hurt its standing as a monument of historical value. Sources say the 18th-century astronomical observatory missed the chance to become the Capital's fourth Unesco World Heritage site - after Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb and Red Fort - last year, as experts expressed concern over the agitations held around it. The honour, instead, went to Jaipur's Jantar Mantar last August.
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Even though there is no dearth of scientific gadgets and instruments to predict the monsoon, the astrologers in Jaipur are sticking with the centuries' old tradition of predictions after analysing wind direction at the India's oldest astronomical observatory, the Jantar Mantar.
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Jantar Mantar no longer a protest hotspot?

Government is mulling over an option to ban Jantar Mantar in the Capital as 'dharna' or protest site for good, citing an existing law to save protected monuments in the country.
Sources said since Jantar Mantar is one of the protected monuments, the government can invoke the existing law that prohibits any such gathering within 200 meters of the historical structure.

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Jaipur's Jantar-Mantar now on UNESCO's World Heritage site

Jantar Mantar, the Pink city's celebrated astronomical observatory built in early 18th century, has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. The decision was taken in UNESCO's World Heritage Committee meeting in Brasilia.
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The other Indian monument in the race for the UNESCO's World Heritage status is the Jaipur's celebrated astronomical observatory, Jantar Mantar. It is a collection of architectural astronomical observatories built by Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734.
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Today is the longest day of the year and some school students plan to visit the nearly 300-year-old observatory Jantar Mantar to conduct astronomical experiments.
Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) is organising a 'Khagol Mela' (Astronomical Fare) at the eighteenth century monument to educate people about the summer solstice, when the earth's axis tilts towards the sun.
Jantar Mantar, in the heart of the city, was built in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur.

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In Delhi, SPACE (Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators) will be organising a public outreach programme at Jantar Mantar Observatory on Saturday to explain the concepts of equinox, using the ancient instruments located there.
The sky watch will take place between 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

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