Varahamihira Taramandal / Planetarium Ranchi :

The long cherished dream of the capital for a state-of-the-art star-gazing facility finally came true on Friday with chief minister Raghubar Das inaugurating the planetarium named after ancient Indian astronomer Varahamihira on the premises of the Science City at Chiraundi, around 5km from the city Ranchi.

Built at the cost of Rs 26 crore, the planetarium is spread at an area 2 acres has seating capacity of 145 people watching the celestial, starry and astronomical motions. It has been built by Jharkhand Council of Science Technology & Innovations, which is part of Department of Science and Technology.

Executive director of Jharkhand council on Science technology & innovation, G.P.S Gupta said, “We have decided to name the planetarium after Varahmihira one of the navratna of Chandragupta Vikramaditya. He is credited of giving theory of calculus, and other mathematical and astronomical theories.” Gupta said the basic concept of the planetarium is education along with entrainment so that it can cater to both students and elders. The planetarium has a central dome theatre having 15metre diameter projection dome and equipped with Zeiss ZKP4 star projector and five annular Sony projectors capable of projecting planetarium show in hybrid mode.

Projector Equipment

Taramandal Features

  • Astronomy gallery
  • German equipments
  • Zeiss ZKP4 star projectors
  • English and Hindi Voiceover
  • 15-meter dome has been built
  • 30-minute show per accomodation
  • 360° hemispherical projection screen
  • First planetarium of the Jharkhand state
  • 8600 stars will be seen in the universe
  • Accommodation of 145 people at a time
  • Second most modern planetarium in the country

Other Facilities

  • Amateur Astronomy Club
  • Exhibition Activities
  • Teaching Activities
  • Astronomical Activities
  • Star-Watching Facility
  • Fully Automated Celestron Telescope

Taramandal Prices

  • Gate Entry Fee

    ₹20

    The gate entry fee is Rs ₹20 for entering the premises

  • Star Show Fee For Adults

    ₹50

    The Star Show fee for adults is ₹50 for the 30 minutes show duration.

  • Star Show Fee For Children

    ₹30

    The Star Show fee for childrens is ₹30 for the 30 minutes show duration.

The planetarium will prove to be a milestone in the field of astronomy

Varahamihira Taramandal Time Table:

Opening Time :- 11.30 AM

English Show Starts :- 11.30 AM

Hindi Show Starts :- 1.30 PM

Second Hindi Show :- 3.00 PM

Last Hindi Show :- 4.00 PM

Taramandal time table

Chief Minister said that the planetarium will prove to be a milestone in the field of astronomical learning. He said that the Varahamihira planetarium will infuse a new energy among students and researchers of Jharkhand. This will motivate them to move forward in the field of astronomical learning.

The planetarium is opto-mechanical and digital projection system for projecting the starry and astronomical motions.” The planetarium is also equipped with service area, the associated space for the technical instrumentation, offices, cafeteria and lecture halls. The planetarium also has an astronomy club, which the centre will run activity based program. The facility is created to facilitate class room lectures on astronomy, sky watch and other round the year astronomy related activities. In the astronomy club, school students from state capital can register their names as club members to participate in the club activities.

The planetarium named after astronomer Varahamihira
Raghuvar Das said that the Varahamihira planetarium is Jharkhand’s first state-of-the-art planetarium. This planetarium is named Varahamihira with great contemplation. Varahamihira was a great philosopher, astronomer and mathematician. Varahamihira was born in Ujjain in the sixth century of the Gupta period.

Varahamihira taramandal

The planetarium also has a astronomy gallery which expounds this ubiquitous nature of astronomy in life and cultures through artifacts, interactive and graphic narratives.

Our Map Location

Chiraundi, Morabadi, Ranchi, Jharkhand 834008

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Taramandal

Varahamihira Planetarium

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Chiraundi, Morabadi, Ranchi, Jharkhand 834008

11:00
14/12/2019

05:00 PM
14/10/2035

State’s maiden planetarium located on the premises of Ranchi Science Centre at Chiraundi. The planetarium has a 360 degree hemispherical projection screen, on which the animated sky is projected. Built at the cost of Rs 26 crore, the planetarium is spread at an area 2 acres has seating capacity of 145 people watching the celestial, starry and astronomical motions. The planetarium built by Jharkhand Council of Science Technology & Innovations, which is part of Department of Science and Technology has been named after, Varahamihira  an Indian philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician.The planetarium will be open for public from 11 am to 5 pm. The entry fee is Rs 50 and the duration of show is around 30 minutes

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