M.P. Birla Planetarium – Exploring TaraMandal
At first, when you take a glimpse of M.P. Birla Planetarium, it appears like a Buddhist Stupa for its dome shape architectural structure. Columns have been allocated across the circumference of the place. But don’t be misguided. It is the famous Birla Planetarium of Kolkata, the largest planetarium in Asia and the second largest planetarium in the world. In Kolkata, M.P. Birla Planetarium profoundly known as “TaraMandal” which means “Galaxy of Stars and Planets”.
The Planetarium was constructed by ML Dalmiya & Co. which is owned by Board of Control for Cricket in India former President late Jagmohan Dalmiya.
There are two other Birla planetarium in India: B.M. Birla Planetarium in Chennai and the Birla Planetarium in Hyderabad.
A Brief History of M.P. Birla Planetarium :
Birla Planetarium holds a special place in the history of Kolkata. Inauguration, done by one of the famous people of India, the First Prime Ministers of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 2nd July 1963.
Start Exploring the Taramandal:
A beautiful garden surrounds the TaraMandal. When you enter into the planetarium many unknown and interesting equipment of the Astronauts begins to unfold before your eyes. You will feel amazing to experience all the equipment. Besides that it holds an astronomy gallery which features the fine paintings and the astronomical models made by famous astronomers.
When you are roaming your eyes will stuck to an astronomical observatory, finely equipped by a Celestron C-14 Telescope with accessories such as ST6 CCD camera and solar filter along with 100 more project collection. These deal on the study of astronomy, Astor-physics, Space Science and more. You can really gather enough knowledge to deal some of the myths concerning stars and planets.
In addition the projection system, one of the most interesting part of this Planetarium. The planetarium has hybrid projection system that consists of the latest version of the opto-mechanical projector and nine very high-end digital Carl Zeiss projectors especially built for the planetarium. This will give you a vivid view of the cosmos to your naked eye along with the minute description. It has an amphitheater-like ambiance with stepped seating holding a capacity of around 630 people
Usually, daily shows conducted in English, Bengali and Hindi from 12:00 to 19:00 hrs and furthermore programs also occasionally conducted in Oriya, Tamil and Gujarati, as well. Apart from this they also arrange the extra shows on holidays.
- If you are a student or you are working on this type of topic then it is a must visit place for you. Other than that knowing about our own universe and the instrument is always good to enrich our knowledge.
- Good and interesting place for all, especially for kids and who has the interest on the study of astronomy.
- If you have language issue please be confirmed the timing of your preferable language by calling to the Birla Planetarium office. The number is available in Google and also in the Birla Planetarium official site.
- Everyone should maintain a silence inside the Birla Planetarium.
How To Reach:
Cathedral Rd, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071
It is around 10 min walking distance from Maidan Metro Station,9 Min from Nandan as well as Mohor Kunja and10 min from Victoria and Maidan.