Knocksense: A local content and recommendations platform

THIS 80-minute drive from Indore will take you closer to the stars!

Read on to get a free virtual tour of this site.

Bored of the usual work-from-home weekdays and 'Netflix & chill' weekends? Yeah, we understand! So if you are looking for a hatke plan to sort your boredom, we have got you covered! Take an 80-minute drive from Indore to Jantar Mantar in Ujjain and learn about the ways by which revolutions and positions of celestial bodies were calculated in the bygone age. Built in 1725, this is the only ancient observatory in India where research work is still carried on to this day. Read on to get a free virtual tour of this astronomical monument before you plan your visit.

History & purpose of Jantar Mantar

Maharaja of Amber (modern-day Rajasthan), Sawai Jai Singh II, established five astronomical observatories in his native territory between 1724 and 1727. Owing to his passion for mathematics and astronomy, Jai Singh adapted and added to the designs of earlier sight-based observatories to establish a unique structure for astronomical measurement.
Jantar Mantar, also known as Vedh Shala, consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments and was built in the year 1725, in Ujjain. The name Jantar Mantar comes from two words-'Yantra' and 'Mantra', which together mean 'a calculation instrument'. The primary purpose behind the construction of Jantar Mantar was to illustrate and compile the data collected by astronomical calculations, the results of which have helped in the study of the movements of the sun, planets and their moons.

Discover the 'Greenwich of India'!

BTW did you know? Before Greenwich was accepted as the prime meridian universally, Ujjain was considered as the central meridian for time in India. Ujjain, situated at a distance of 56 km from Indore, is geographically placed at the precise spot where zero meridian of longitude and the Tropic of Cancer meet, which is why it is known as the 'Greenwich of India'. One can see the location of Ujjain pinpointed on the Tropic of Cancer, on a large globe outside Jantar Mantar.

Get a glimpse of stars at Taramandal

The observatory houses a hybrid planetarium with a 12-metre dome and 125 seats, on its premise. Famously known as Taramandal, this planetarium showcases 20 and 30-minute shows on planets, stars, constellations and galaxies! The programmes are available at an interval of 30 minutes for a minimum of 10 people at least. One has to buy the tickets for the show from the ticket counter separately, as it is not included in the entry fee.

List of instruments at Jantar Mantar

The Sundial (also known as Samrat Yantra)

Knock Knock

In 1923, the Ujjain Observatory, now known as Government Jiwaji Observatory, was renovated by Maharaja Madhav Rao Scindia of Gwalior. With astronomical studies still being conducted on site, this observatory publishes an ephemeris and a journal, recording the daily speed and position of the planets, every year.

Location: Government Jiwaji Observatory, Chintaman Road, Jabsinghpura, Ujjain

Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Everyday

CSIR-CDRI in Lucknow makes first 'Made in India' RT-PCR kit to detect Omicron variant of COVID

Said to cost around ₹150, this kit named 'Om' will provide test results in about two-hours time only

For the first time ever, a government institute in India has designed and manufactured a unique diagnostic kit to detect the presence of the Variant of Concern of COVID. The CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) in Lucknow, has developed 'Om'- an indigenous RT-PCR diagnostic kit for testing the new Omicron strain of the novel coronavirus. Read on to know more about this new development in the testing of this deadly virus in India.

Keep reading... Show less

Here's everything you need to know about IPL's debutant team- Lucknow Super Giants!

Lucknow's IPL team to be called Lucknow Super Giants!

The Indian Premier League, often termed the world's biggest sports carnival, is all set for its mega auction next month and it's got our cricket fever running a new high! While this is the 15th season of the league, the revamped 2022 pitch with new title sponsors, two debutante teams and a whole lot of thrill on cards has hit the full toss right in the court of T-20 fans and trust us, it can't get any better than this!

So, if you're also caught up in the excitement to keep up with the details, this is just the right place for you! Here's all that we know about IPL Season 15 and of course, the debutante Lucknow franchise - so let the game begin!

Keep reading... Show less

With over 3 lakh cases, daily COVID caseload marks a decline in India

While the daily case count has marked a decline, the positivity rate of the country has shot up to 20.75% now

As per the data released by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Monday, India has marked a significant decrease in the daily COVID tally. A total of 3,06,064 people tested positive for coronavirus in the country taking the active caseload to 22,49,335, as of January 24. Read on to know more about the current COVID and vaccination status of India here.

Keep reading... Show less

In a Smart City move, Green Park Stadium in Kanpur to get revamped by May 2022!

Under the ambit of this renovation work, four badminton courts and six table tennis centres at the stadium will undergo a facelift

In an attempt to boost sports infrastructure and provide global level sports facilities in the city, Kanpur Smart City department is all set to revamp the Green Park Stadium. Under the ambit of this renovation work, the badminton courts and table tennis centres present in the stadium will undergo a facelift. While the work on this sports project has been initiated fifteen days ago, the remodelling work is expected to complete by May 2022, informed an official.

Keep reading... Show less

Indian Railways to use CSIR-CSIO's UV-C disinfection technology to sanitise premium trains soon!

Read on to know more about the Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research's (CSIR)'s newly developed sanitisation technology

In an attempt to provide a safer journey to the passengers during COVID, the Indian Railways is all set to deploy a new UltraViolet-C disinfection practice technology to mitigate the airborne spread of coronavirus in trains. As per reports, this technology-driven disinfection through UV robots will be rolled out in a phased manner starting with the premium trains like Tejas and Rajdhani express first. Read on to know more about the Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research's (CSIR)'s newly developed sanitisation technology.

Keep reading... Show less

The secret to having a great day lies in devouring a flavourful spread and if you agree, this news might just be a sweet dream come true for all you foodies in town. There’s a new cloud kitchen in Lucknow and its whisking delightful items exclusively for you. So if you’ve got any plans to savour the best, in the sanctity of your homes - it’s time to turn your heads to The Rolling Pin ASAP!

Keep reading... Show less

Global Investors Summit in Indore stands cancelled in wake of rising COVID cases

As per the initial schedule, the summit was scheduled to be held in February.

In light of constantly rising COVID-19 positive cases in Indore, the Madhya Pradesh Government has cancelled the Global Investors’ Summit that was to be held in the city. As per the initial schedule, the summit was scheduled to be held in February. The meet was planned to take place in both physical and virtual mode to aid industrialists during the coronavirus outbreak.

Keep reading... Show less

Most Read