Jantar Mantar Overview

Ranked 30 of 117 sightseeing in Varanasi

Jantar Mantar is an observatory and one of the popular tourist attractions in Varanasi. It was constructed by Jai Singh, the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1737. He was a follower of science and technology and his passion towards astronomy led to the establishment of this huge building.

For constructing the best observatory in the region, he sent his scholars abroad to study designs and construction of numerous foreign observatories. Various manuals on astronomy brought by the scholars led to the construction of Jantar Mantar at Varanasi in sync with Delhi, Mathura, Ujjain and Jaipur observatories.

The building was constructed with the aim of measuring the local time and altitude of the place, the declination of Sun, stars and planets and to determine eclipses. Housing several masonry instruments to record the motion, speed and properties of stars and planets, and study astronomy, the building shows accurate results until now. The site is renowned for its multiple structures in various shapes that have their specialised function for astronomical measurements.

Since its establishment, many Yantras are associated within the structure for offering accurate measurements on astronomy. Disha Yantra, Dhruva Yantra, Digansha Yantra, Krantivritta Yantra, Prakash Yantra, Ram Yantra and Samrat Yantra, being the prominent Yantras are still used for various calculations.

An example of complex architectural styles, the structure attracts many astronomers, scholars, engineers, architects and scientists along with travellers for its perfect combination of geometric forms. With the availability of taxis, cycle rickshaws and auto-rickshaws, travellers can easily reach Jantar Mantar from any part of the destination.
 

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Saturday:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Sunday:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Public Holidays:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
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Srijan Srivastava

Srijan Srivastava3.2/5

114 reviews

Just for walking

Jantar Mantar is an observatory, built by Jai Singh, the Maharaja of Jaipur in the year 1737. Jai Singh was a great admirer of science and technology and he was particularly passionate about astronomy. Before the commencement of construction (of observatories) he sent scholars abroad to study the foreign observatories. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy. The Jantar Mantar at Varanasi was built in line with Delhi, Mathura, Ujjain and Jaipur observatories. The Jantar Mantar was built to measure the local time, the Sun's declination, altitude, the declination of stars, planets and to determine eclipses The Jantar Mantar at Varanasi has several masonry instruments to record the motion, speed and properties starts and planets and study astronomy that are accurate and can still be used efficiently today. The Jantar Mantar incorporates multiple structures of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. These structures with their striking combinations of geometric forms have captivated the attention of architects, artists, and art historians. Originally, there were many yantras (instruments). Some of the important ones are the Krantivritta Yantra, Digansha Yantra, Samrat Yantra, Prakash Yantra, Ram Yantra, Disha Yantra and Dhruva Yantra

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Ap Babu

Ap Babu3.9/5

1 review

Ancient Creativity

Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur was very interested in science and technology and had special inclination toward astronomy. He wanted to build one of the best observatories and sent his scholars and architects to study the western designs for the same.

Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh4.3/5

559 reviews

A must visit

Jantar Mantar in Benaras is an observatory built by Jai Singh of Rajasthan. The observatory was built in the 18th century and still stands in glory. The structure is an architectural wonder and quite outstanding given the time it was built in. Do pay a visit if you are in Benaras.

Pritesh Mehta

Pritesh Mehta5.0/5

512 reviews

Janter Manter

It is built by Maharaja of Jaipur Jai singh. it is replicated at many other place. This building is very good looking and construction is very good. don't miss to see it.

Suri Narayana

Suri Narayana5.0/5

3 reviews

Good to visit

Temple is very good and darshan is good and temple officers are good, services in the temple good, temple is very old and looking so good.

A S

A S2.9/5

451 reviews

Great place for kids to learn physics, practically

Jantar Mantar, if you go by the name then it means a magical place. But the name reflects the magic of science. Here you'll find different different experiments of physics shown physically. Great place for kids to learn physics, practically.

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Jantar Mantar, Varanasi
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Jantar Mantar, Varanasi
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