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Jantar Mantar:
This is a close up shot with a tilt POV of a Sun dial at the Jantar Mantar- the Observatory built in the olden days.
This Observatory was built by Jai Singh in 1728.It must have been 'cutting edge' at the time. Has many different shaped immobile structures used to check zodiac signs,time,sun and moon phase.

This instrument is actually two sunken bowls and measures the rotation, longitude and latitude of the sun. A map of the visible heavens is inscribed on the inner surface of the bowls. There are additional scales which include the zodiac divisions around the rim of the bowls. There is a small ring which is suspended from cross wires. From this the shadow obtained projects the position of the sun onto the inscribed celestial map.

I thought the sundial with the shadow on it will not look good for a photograph.So waited for a cloud to move over it and shot this one. Tried to avoid legs of tourists also and succeeded.This looks like a half sunken sphere in the ground.
Thanks for viewing

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