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Workshop on astronomy at Jantar Mantar today

On Monday, as part of 'Orbitals', around 150 students from 25 schools will gather at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-protected heritage monument to find it out for themselves.

delhi Updated: Apr 14, 2013 23:44 IST
HT Correspondent

Did you know the 18th-century-built Jantar Mantar can still give you astronomical readings?

On Monday, as part of 'Orbitals', around 150 students from 25 schools will gather at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-protected heritage monument to find it out for themselves.

The one at Delhi is one of the five Jantar Mantars created by Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh II of Jaipur in the 18th century.

"This is an astronomical laboratory and we want people, especially students, to know how accurate observations can be obtained through these instruments. Such activities can go a long way in inculcating a scientific temper in the common man," said an official.

Ahead of the World Heritage Day on April 18, an enriching workshop — called Orbitals — will be held on Monday. The workshop will be jointly organised by ASI, Nehru Planetarium and the Indian Traditions and Heritage Society (Itihaas), an NGO working in the field of promoting heritage awareness.