Birla Planetarium

Local nameBirla Planetarium
LocationHowrah, India

The Birla Planetarium in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, is a single-storeyed circular structure designed in the typical Indian style, whose architecture is loosely styled on the Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi. Situated at Chowringhee Road adjacent to the Victoria Memorial, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Maidan in South Kolkata, it is the largest planetarium in Asia and the second largest planetarium in the world. There are two other Birla Planetariums in India: B.M. Birla Planetarium in Chennai and the Birla Planetarium in Hyderabad.

Popularly known as taramandal, the planetarium was inaugurated on 2 July 1963 by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. It has an electronics laboratory for design and fabrication of science equipment. It has an astronomy gallery that maintains a huge collection of fine paintings and celestial models of renowned astronomers.

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Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birla_Planetarium,_Kolkata

Official Website http://www.birlasciencecentre.org/planetarium/planetaruim.html

Address Cathedral Rd Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Coordinates 22°32'43.891" N 88°20'50.385" E

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