India has five Nehru Planetariums, established over the years since 1954, which is when the first one opened in Pune. The Nehru Planetarium in New Delhi opened along with Mumbai in 1984, and is part of the complex that was once the official home of the first Prime Minister of the country, Jawaharlal Nehru. The Teen Murti House or Teen Murti Bhawan complex consists of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, of which the planetarium is a wing. Developed under the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund to promote the former Prime Minister’s ideas of inculcating a spirit of science in children, The museum and planetarium is a place that you should definitely take your children to. ALSO READ: 10 historical monuments in Delhi that are a must-visit!
Over the decades since it opened, the planetarium has been upgraded and improved. Its highlight remains the live programs and interactions held for students, visitors and amateur astronomers. The place is especially popular among college and school students, hosting several star observing activities and workshops. Astronomy art and quiz competitions are also conducted in February and August every year. The planetarium also conducts special programs for events like lunar and solar eclipses. Telescopes are set up at the Teen Murti Bhawan lawn for visitors to watch the night sky during these events for a closer look. CHECK OUT: 13 stunning photos of monuments in New Delhi that make us proud to be Indians
Commissioned back in 1977, the Nehru Planetarium today is one of the few places in the country where you can combine fun and education in a student-friendly package, imbuing a spirit of science in young minds. The place also regularly hosts meetings of scholars and scientists to discuss astronomy and hold lectures on various astronomical and stellar events.
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