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Jantar Mantar;
This open air observatory set outside the gateway of the City Palace Complex in Jaipur, was build by the astronomer King Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728.
It is one of the five open-air astronomical observatories build by him, the first being at Delhi in 1724, followed by observatories at Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura in 1738.
The observatory at Jaipur is the largest and most important of the five.The complex instruments used for measuring local time, the altitude of stars and constellations, the sun´s declination, merdian, altitude and determining eclipses are quite spectacular and reflects the glory of medieval Indian anstronomy.

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