Materialisation of an Idea

Jai Singh has designed Jaipur strictly corresponding to the architectural rules of the Shilpa Shastra, an ancient idealistic Hindu doctrine. The city is divided into seven rectangular areas following the caste system and preordination. In the 7th central area lies the Palace, which houses the womens chambers and the holiest sanctum. Differing from the Shilpa Shastra rules, in this holy area Jai Singh had not built a temple, but the Jantar Mantar. Jaipur and the Jantar Mantar are in spite of Jai Singh's scientific and political cosmopolitanism of religious origin which is often ignored.


View from the big sundial to the small sundial.
In the background on the hill part of the fortress wall around Jaipur.