"Jantar Mantar is located in the modern city of New Delhi, India. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, from 1724 onwards, it is one of five built by him. Five such instruments / institutions were built in Jaipur, Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi. The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. Some of these purposes nowadays would be classified as astrology. There are four distinct instruments within the observatory of Jantar Mantar in New Delhi the Samrat Yantra, the Ram Yantra, the Jayaprakash, and the Mishra yantras. Yantra is the Sanskrit word for instrument or machine. This footage is part of the professionally-shot stock footage archive of Wilderness Films India Ltd., the largest collection of imagery from South Asia. The Wilderness Films India collection comprises of thousands of hours of high quality broadcast imagery, mostly shot on HDCAM 1080i High Definition, HDV and Digital Betacam. Write to us for licensing this footage on a broadcast format, for use in your production! We pride ourselves in bringing the best of India and South Asia to the world... wfi @ vsnl.com and email@example.com.