Taralaya @ Malleshwaram

Taralaya @ Malleshwaram

Malleshwara is a north-western district of Bengaluru city. It has a history that dates back to 300 years.  Britishers took over the Malleshwaram area and developed it. It developed as a suburb during the great plague of 1898, which caused many people to move out from the city center.  It derives its name from the Kaadu Malleshwara temple.   This constituency has  7 wards.  One of the famous landmark of this area is the Taralaya. 


The Planetarium is situated at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Building, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bengaluru.

From fascinating shows on the stars and planets to an engaging, open-air Science Park; the Nehru Planetarium is one of the most beautiful public spaces in Bengaluru that a child of any age-group can enjoy. Definitely an afternoon worth spending at.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium (JNP) Bengaluru was established in 1989 by the Bangalore city Corporation, now known as the BBMP.  The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru is one of the five planetariums in India, all of which have been named after the country’s first Prime Minister.

JNP started in 1989, has emerged as a premier institution in India.  It attracts over 2.5 lakh visitors annually, majority of whom are students.  It is equipped with a large 15.0m dome and a state of the art hybrid projection system installed and commissioned in 2017.  The planetarium projector is Space Master, a German Carl Zeiss. With the help of this projector one can see the night sky on the dome of the planetarium. The constellations are also projected through this projector. It is used for teaching astronomy as well as for conducting shows.

The science Park surrounding the Planetarium displays models of Sun Dial, Resonant Swings, Whispering Dishes, the D.N.A, a PSLV rocket, and a giant kaleidoscope. A lot can be learnt about science while exploring these models.

JNP has monthly star gazing, monthly science movies, sky-theatre show every day, viewing of astronomical events, etc.

The most popular show in JNP that pulls lakhs of visitors round the year is the Sky Theatre. Sky Theatre includes use of different visuals such as computer animations, cartoon special-effects and video clippings. The planetarium has a total capacity of 210 seats.  Public events at the planetarium include viewing of astronomical events such as solar eclipse, transition of planets, passing of comets, etc. During this time, special arrangements are made, like installing portable telescopes in the open area of the planetarium. For live coverage of astronomical events occurring elsewhere, large display screens are provided with special video projectors.

Many educational activities and experiments on rocket launch, atmospheric pressure, and speedometer are held for the benefit of students.  Their science education activities viz., Research Education Advancement Program (REAP), Interactive Week-end Sessions for school children, Summer programs, Science exhibitions and workshops attract thousands of students every year.

JNP organizes several popularization and non-formal science education activities throughout the year.  Because of these multifarious activities organized every year, it has emerged as a premier planetarium at the national level.

There are certain rules which must be followed while visiting the planetarium. No food or water can be carried inside. Mobile phones, laser pointers, disco lights and toys emitting such lights are prohibited. Also, visitors are not allowed to touch the exhibits on display.

If you have young children make it a point to take them and encourage their interest in Astro-physics.