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The formality required before nominating Jantar Mantar as the Unesco World Heritage Site was completed on Thursday as a team of official representatives did the round of the monument.
According to B L Gupta, director, archaeology and museums, The empanelled expert from International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), S S Imon from Macau, who is the official representative of Asia region for Unesco, visited the monument and the buffer zones. He will now send the final report to Unesco for the monument to be listed as the World Heritage Site

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The next stop was Jaipur, the city of Maharaja Jai Singh II, a famous astronomer who built a remarkable observatory of stone and marble to prove to the Mughal emperor that Hindu astrology was based on precise scientific principles.
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Jaipur's historic astronomical observatory, Jantar Mantar, is likely to be included in Unesco's list of World Heritage Sites soon. After Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, it would be the second site from Rajasthan to make it to the heritage list. The other astronomical observatories of the country which are included in the heritage list are the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, the Man Singh Observatory in Varanasi and the Jantar Mantar, Ujjain.

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Jantar Mantar, the 18th century observatory in the heart of the capital, was crowded with young students Saturday as they got together to learn the use of astronomical instruments and celebrate 2009 as the international year of astronomy.

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Jantar Mantar is about to change colour. When an ongoing conservation and restoration project is complete, the red 18th century observatory will be sparkling white, like it originally was.

"Originally the monument was white. It was in the early 1970s that the present brick-red colour was used. We plan to restore the outer layers with lime plaster" - Anisha Shekhar Mukherji, a conservation architect involved with the restoration.

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Located in Connaught Place, New Delhi. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur in the year 1724. One of the most intriguing structures of the capital, one that explodes in a burst of questions in the mind of the inquisitive tourist. The Jantar Mantar is not only a timekeeper of celestial bodies, it also tells a lot about the technological achievements under the Rajput kings and their attempt to resolve the mysteries regarding astronomy. The Jantar Mantar of Delhi is only one of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh II.

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For scores of students gathered at the Jantar Mantar lawns on Sunday to celebrate International Year of Astronomy, the early morning fog could not dampen their enthusiasm.
They hung around behind astronomers of the Nehru Planetarium, calculating time and positioning of different planets and stars and get an insight into the mysterious nearly 300-year-old astronomical instruments there.
Organised by the Nehru Planetarium and Amateur Astronomer, the programme was aimed at creating public awareness on the world heritage site on astronomy.

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Dr. N. Rathnasree, Director, Nehru Planetarium, describes Jantar mantar to students for the awareness of Astronomy during Jantar Mantar Khagol Mela Organised by Nehru Planetarium, in New Delhi on Sunday. The world celebrates this year as the International  Year of Astronomy 2009.
Video by RAJEEV TYAGI


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The Nehru Planetarium is organising a fair at Jantar Mantar here Sunday to educate people on the astronomical instruments at the 17th century heritage site. The fair is a part of several activities planned during the International Year of Astronomy, being observed globally this year.

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Recalibration of instruments in Jantar Mantar underway
The centuries old Jantar Mantar observatory in New Delhi may soon not be just another monument on the tourist itinerary as efforts are on to make it useful for astronomers to make observations.
The Nehru Planetarium and the Archaeological Survey of India have embarked on the work of calibrating the instruments which could be put to use by astronomers.

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