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With the help of a little shadow stick that is moved along the stairs until the shadow just touches the edge of the quadrant, the distance in degrees of the sun from the equator can be measured. This method allows the precise predictionof equinoxes and solstices which are of central meaning for all religious astronomical and astrological world systems. By the way, the ramp is sealed off from visitors. Until tooday only priests and the Maharaja may enter. The little sundial however is open to the public. It might allways have been intended for everday purpose.
On the left the end of the western scale. On the right the west side of the big sundial.