Friday, November 12, 2010

Jantar Mantar, Delhi

Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh's Observatory in Delhi
by Anisha Shekhar Mukherji
Price: Rs. 680, First Edition: 2010

ISBN 81- 903591- 1- 8
Published by Ambi Knowledge Resources Pvt Ltd
Address: Lower Ground Floor, C4/5 SDA ND 16
Telephone:011-49562700 email

Jantar Mantar: Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh's Observatory In Delhi
is available from:
21 B Pocket C
Siddharth Extension
New Delhi 110014
Ph: 01126341039
It can also be bought directly from the publisher. See
Anisha Shekhar Mukherji's new book, an informative history and field guide, explains the enigma that is the Delhi Jantar Mantar. Based on over a decade of extensive research, it uses archival images, photographs, drawings and sketches, to unravel how the 300 year old Jantar Mantar Observatory looked and worked in the past. Carry this book to the Jantar Mantar and walk around the instruments with it. Or read it before and after your visit to understand one of the world’s most unusual and intriguing works of architecture.

Each instrument of the Jantar Mantar is explained separately as a guided ‘walk’. The book includes information on traditional Indian astronomy, and on the political and cultural background of this ‘royal observatory’ established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. It not only traces its transformation into ‘an archaeological monument’, but also charts the way ahead by which the Delhi Jantar Mantar’s historical function may be revived and conserved for future generations.


  1. Dear Anisha,
    I am making a film on the Jantar Mantars and was wondering if I could connect with you. My email is
    looking forward to hearing from you
    thanks sarah

  2. Hi Sarah,
    You can connect with me on this email id: