The Clock

The Methan mani or clock tower stands next to the Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram in India. It is a historic landmark which is constructed with a highly complex pulley system. The clock has a unique appearance. Above the dial is the face of a bearded man with two rams on the side of his cheeks. When the clock strikes, the rams hit against the cheeks of the man.

The clock is believed to have come in to existence in 1840. There are records referring to the purchase of two clockworks from “Chennai Pattanam” (Chennai city as it was known then. One was erected in this city and the other at Padmanabhapuram.

The clock still works perfectly, and strikes each hour in a day. The clock has also taken a cyber incarnation through the software developed by the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (CDIT). The Methan Mani remains a popular landmark in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. The chimes are audible around the locality.

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