Yesterday was 328th birth anniversary of the founder of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh II.
Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II was initially named as Bijay Singh. Mughal ruler Aurangjeb was instrumental in changing his name to Sawai Jai Singh II.
Belonging to the kacchawa Rajput clan, Sawai Jai Singh II was the most prominent king of Jaipur state. One of the major reason being that Sawai Jai Singh II founded Jaipur city. He was an able ruler with a great foresight. Jai SinghII was given the honor of “Sawai” by the Mughal ruler Aurengzeb for his sharpness & presence of mind when he was merely 11 years old. Sawai means quarter in measurement. So a person with a title Sawai means he has a quality which is equal to quarter over one. Even though the Sawai title was conferred upon Jai Singh II, but his heirs continued to use it too! This is a reason why rulers of Jaipur used the title Sawai before their name. Some people even used to call Jaipur as Sawai Jaipur quite like Sawai Madhopur city, famed for the Tigers at Ranthambore National Park.
Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II was a great patron of astronomy, science and mathematics. He founded astronomical observatory, Jantar Mantar at five cities in India out of which only Jantar Mantar Jaipur is in good condition. His love for great architecture is well-known. Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II was a devout Hindu. and a savior of the Hindu religion during Mughal rule. He invited many distinguished Brahmins residing across India to settle in Jaipur & extending various privileges in return.To sum up, many claim that he was one of its kind, given his intellect & achievements.
Statute circle, built-in 1940’s is dedicated to this great ruler. Here are few more pictures.
Made out of sand stone and marble, the statute & canopy captures unique aspects of Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur and its architecture. The small scale on his right side celebrates his love of astronomy and solar observatory established by him , Jantar Mantar
This place is quite popular during the summer evenings. Vendors selling hot & cold coffee in the vicinity make it a popular hangout place for Jaipur residents, throughout the year.
Statue circle has become default address for all kind of protests in Jaipur- be it political parties, workers or students. A popular place for candle protest as well! Its the statue of Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II who has to bear with all this!!!