Indira Gandhi Planetarium Patna – A Centre of Astronomy


I have forever been in awe of all things extra terrestrial. The concept of space and all things related are my favorite subjects, which automatically make Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Patna my favorite place. I was told that the planetarium is not too far from the hotel so I took it easy in the morning and took all my time in getting up and getting ready before I moved out. I knew some of the staff by their first names and I was thoroughly enjoying my stay here. I tried to enquire about what the planetarium is all about but the man who is in housekeeping was clue less. He probably never had a chance to visit it. I could not blame him for a subject like astronomy has a few takers but the ones who truly have an interest in the subject go to great lengths to know more and more about it.

Indira Gandhi Planetarium Patna

Indira Gandhi Planetarium Patna I Image Resource : hotelsinpatna.co.in

My taxi took me to Bailey road, which is near to the Income Tax Golambar. As I entered the planetarium, there was another group of school children entering too. They were all in their school uniforms and were supposedly on a school excursion to the planetarium. I took my pass to enter in. Inside there were separate auditoriums. While one auditorium was used for exhibitions, others had film shows on topics of astronomy. These shows regularly change and are full of content for students and people like me to understand the mysteries of the outer space. The current show running here was based on life in Mars and I bought my ticket for admission.

The show concluded and people moved out. It was quite good and informative. I moved around to read the notice board which also had a steel placard stating that the Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Patna was inaugurated by the then chief minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav on March 21, 1993. The notice board had other information about the upcoming shows and new facts about astronomy. It also has a list stating myths about space that people still believed in and are untrue. I exit and hailed a taxi to the Sri Krishna Centre, Patna.

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