November 18 is marked as the Jaipur Foundation Day, and today we are celebrating Jaipur’s 293rd birthday. On this auspicious occasion, Jaipur Beat is sharing some interesting facts about the capital of Rajasthan.
1. The city was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amber who ruled from 1699 to 1743.
2. Jaipur gets its name from its founder Maharaja Jai Singh II, the great warrior and astronomer. In 1733 the king shifted the capital from Amber to Jaipur.
3. Vastu Shastra has guided the building of Jaipur under the guidance of Diwan Vidhyadhar Chakravarti
4. Hawa Mahal is in the shape of a crown of Lord Krishna with 953 jharokhas or windows.
5. Along with Madhurai city, Jaipur was also one of the earliest planned cities of India, under the direction of Vidyadhar Chakravarty .
6. The Pink color symbolises Raja Ram Singh’s (second ) ambition to make Jaipur an imperial city just like Imperial Delhi. Hence, the color Pink.
7. Jantar Mantar also features the world’s largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
8. Constructed in the year 1876, Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum of Jaipur.
9. Known for its architectural marvels and vibrant culture, Jaipur made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
10. Jaipur houses 25 stepwells, out of which some are the largest and deepest in the world.
You can take Jaipurites out of Jaipur, but not Jaipur out of the Jaipurites. Isn’t it?
Happy 293rd Birthday to Jaipur!