Jantar Mantar: Reading the stars
In the Capital, Apeejay Surrendra group’s Park Group of Hotels has taken
the responsibility for the conservation, preservation, maintenance,
upgradation and beautification of Jantar Mantar, the observatory built
by Sawai Jai Singh II. As per the MoU signed with the ASI and the
National Culture Fund (NCF), the group has taken up restoration of the
monument, lighting up the area, putting up visitor signage and facilities.
Says conservation architect and architectural historian Anisha
Mukherjee, who is also the conservation consultant to the project, “It
is not just conserving the physical fabric of the place but also
conserving and clarifying the function and form of the yantras
(instruments) at the observatory.” The Park group has put up signages
clarifying the function of the yantras which not only helps in raising
public awareness but also understanding how the observatory worked not
only in Jai Singh’s time, but even today.