Nehru Planetarium is a must-visit place for people who are interested in celestial bodies and amateur astronomers. A perfect place for almost all group ages and is located at a very impressive location.
Location: Teen Murti Bhavan, Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi
Entry timings: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Closed on Mondays and national holidays
Nearest Metro Station: Race Course Metro Station on Yellow Line
Nearest Bus Stand: P.S. Chanakyapuri Bus Stand
In total there are five planetariums all over India that are named after India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and are located in Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and Allahabad. The planetarium in Pune established in 1954 was the first ever planetarium all over Asia.
Where is the planetarium located?
The Nehru Planetarium of Delhi is located at a very interesting location, i.e., Teen Murti Bhavan, surrounded by lush green gardens and beautiful sights. The Teen Murti Bhavan was once the official residence of Jawaharlal Nehru and the planetarium is also famous by the name ‘Taramandal’ among the locals. The residential place of Jawaharlal Nehru has now become a museum in his memory and is officially known as the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. The planetarium is a part or wing of the museum.
Fulfilling Jawaharlal Nehru’s ideas
The planetarium was opened in order to convert the ideas of Jawaharlal Nehru into reality. According to him, good education and good knowledge of Science helps children in becoming a good and responsible citizen. In order to fulfil this dream, the Jawaharlal Memorial fund was set up in 1964. This fund was then used to develop a museum and it was inaugurated by one and only lady Prime Minister of the country, Indira Gandhi.
Why was it established?
The main aim or the idea behind the construction of Nehru Planetarium is to promote studies and education in the field of astrology. The planetarium aims at promoting astrology classes and spreading good quality knowledge about celestial space. The planetarium has always been in support of conducting innovative and impressive programmes for children and adults alike, so that they develop interest in the field. There are many workshops and programmes that are held for school and college students, so that they can visit the place and learn something about the field. The young and amateur astronomers are allowed to come here and observe the sky and the interesting objects in it.
The Nehru Planetarium also holds Astronomy Quizzes and Art Competitions in the month of February and August.
Why should you visit Nehru Planetarium?
There are many things that are of great interest to both kids and elders alike. One of such thing is Soyuz T-10 that carried India’s first astronaut Rakesh Sharma to the space.
Another point of attraction in Nehru Planetarium is a huge dome shaped theatre that displays the night sky as per the point of view of an astronaut or as if the sky is seen through a telescope. With the shows that are hosted in the theatre, information about the celestial bodies, planets and constellations is provided to the audience. The use of graphics, animation, video, audio, paintings, special effects etc make the show very impressive.
The place is not just a planetarium, but is surrounded by manicured gardens and natural beauty which makes it a must-visit place for people of all age groups at least once in their lifetime.