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Sundial: An Ancestral Clock To Stay On Time

Sundial: An Ancestral Clock To Stay On Time


The sundial was the beginning god-father and ancestor of one of those things on which each corporate & household run today, crazy about money and power: The clock!

Know about this long lost clock as you scroll.

“Time waits for no one”: this quote proves to be true even in the discovery of the device which measures time, the sundial.


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The shadow of the sun has always played a significant role in time-telling, be it the ages-old way of estimating night/day or after the invention of the sundial.

Though there are different types of sundials based on how they cast a shadow or whether they use line or spot of light, the basic structure remains more or less the same.


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Researchers claim that there is evidence stating that the earliest sundials were the shadow clocks used by the Babylonians of Egypt in 1500 BC. But the truth is yet to be discovered.


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It is interesting to know that India grabs the title of the land of the world’s largest sundial that is in the Jantar Mantar of Jaipur. Jantar Mantar is also a World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO.

jantar mantar jaipur

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Apart from the one in Jaipur, Maharaja Jai Singh II constructed four more of them in Ujjain, Mathura, Varanasi and Delhi between the time-frame of 1724-1735.

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Large Sundial

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The discovery of clocks has replaced the usage of the sundials. Nonetheless, the history and practical significance of sundials still remain as intact as before.

sundials, jantar mantar

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Though humans have created a way to measure time, it is intriguing how time still remains an abstract concept for many artists. This makes one wonder, what is time really like?

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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