Qutb Minar

June 1st – Jantar Mantar + Qutb Minar

Across from our hotel was Jantar Mantar, a fascinating group of red structures that were built as instruments for measuring time.

Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar – Misra Yantra

Functions: Measuring the altitude of the sun, measuring time in hours, and measuring the longitude of the moon and measures to the nearest minute of an arc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar – Samrat Yantra

 

Function: Measures local time, much like a sundial.

 

 

 

 

 

Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar – Ram Yantra

Function: Measures horizontal and vertical angles of the sun and moon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jantar Mantar
Inside view of Ram Yantra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After our visit to Jantar Mantar we went to see the Qutb Minar complex. At the Qutb complex there were amazing archways full of calligraphic inscriptions and patterns. Some of the pillars holding up the surrounding structures had traces of Hindu gods and goddesses left over from before their disfiguration. (Islamic art and structures are not allowed to depict human or animal figures.)

Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minar detail
Minar detail

 

Calligraphic inscriptions excerpted from the Quran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arch at Qutb Complex
Arch at Qutb Complex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arch detail
Arch detail

Calligraphic details on the archway are excerpts from the Quran.