It was too boring for me at IIIT, Hyderabad when I went for an internship during my second year summer vacation. My mom was insisting me to go somewhere out, especially to the Birla Temple. So, I have decided to go on a Sunday.
On June 9th, with the help of google maps, I found out the guidelines for going to Birla Temple from IIIT and also found that Birla Planetarium is very close to the temple. I have decided to go there the next day ( Sunday, 10th June, 2012 ).
Starting of my journey:
After asking the location of the bus stop to one of the securities of IIIT, I went to the stop. A bus came in 10 minutes. With a little hesitation whether or not the bus will go to Birla Temple bus stop, I boarded and asked ( while standing in the steps ) a person ( a policeman ), who was sitting in the first row of the bus, whether the bus will go to Birla temple. He replied in positive and asked me to sit next to him in action. I did so.
That policeman asked me something in Telugu. I said that I don't know Telugu and Hindi. He asked me where actually I am going, in English. I said that I am going to Birla Temple. When the conductor came and asked for the ticket, that policeman himself told "1 Birla Temple" and I gave a 10 rupees note to the conductor. When the conductor asked for 2 more rupees ( as the ticket was 12 rupees ), the policeman translated it for me, though I understood the words of the conductor. The policeman asked the conductor ( in Telugu ) to intimate me on the bus reaching Birla Temple stop.
On the way:
On the way I could see a vehicle sweeping the road and the other one pouring water to the plants in the median, at 7:30 am. The policeman informed me that he is going to alight and added that my stopping is 5 stops next. He also informed the driver to intimate me on reaching Birla Temple and alighted the bus. On reaching the stop, the driver and the conductor intimated me and I alighted.
At Birla Temple:
Finally, after asking the route from 3 people, I reached Birla Temple. There, the temple is wonderful. The whole building is made up of crystals. After admiring at the architecture, I entered and worshiped Lord Venkateshwara. As soon as I came out after my prayer, I could see a view of Hyderabad as if it's seen from a 6 or 7 storied building. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to take mobiles or cameras inside. I also saw a lake with some fountains and the morning breeze ( around 8 am ), pleased me. Though, I know that the temple's beauty is much more reflected during the night time, I couldn't stay that long. Here are some pictures of Birla Mandir obtained from the internet.
At Birla Planetarium:
After returning back from the temple, I had my breakfast in a nearby hotel and went to the Birla Planetarium which is next to the temple. But, the ticket counter to enter the planetarium had not been opened at 9:45. Many people, including school students, were curiously waiting for the counter to open. Everyday there are shows ( in Telugu, Hindi and English ) at the planetarium, among which the shows in English are at 11:30 am, 4 pm and 6 pm. A science museum is also located inside the planetarium itself. After opening of the counter around 10:45 am, I got the tickets for both the planetarium show ( at 11:30 ) and for the science museum.
I remember, when I was a kid, I have been to a Science museum at Bangalore. With full of curiosities, I entered the museum at 11 am. There were many instruments each depicting a science experiment. I just had a overview of what are available in the museum and the time was 11:33. I rushedto the planetarium. I was asked to switch off my mobile and I did it. The show had started. But, then, some other people who came late and I were taken inside a dark room. Later they took into the theater where the show was held. Due to the darkness, I couldn't move and I was standing still. I could see 2 small dots ( as stars ) in the side wall. After some time, I was guided and asked to sit in a vacant place.
A visit to the Solar System:
After sitting and leaning back, I could see a number of stars and objects in the ceiling of the doom shaped theater. Starting from Mercury till Neptune, each and every planet were described in detail along with some videos and an illusion of what one would see, if he/she is landing in that particular planet. Being a lover of Space Science since my childhood, I enjoyed the journey to the Solar System. After a 45 minute travel in the solar system, I went back to the Science Museum.
Pictures of Birla Planetarium
Back to museum:
Some of the experiments which I liked were, the depiction of Pythagoras theorem, optical illusion experiments, density and refractive index variation of water with change in temperature, periscope to see the happenings at the 1st floor from the ground floor, etc. Some people were taking notes of whatever they see. Simply saying, Science Museum is place for enjoyment for kids, knowledge zone for students and entertainment zone for others. Later, I also happened to see a skeleton of a Dinosaur. Here are some pictures of Birla Science Museum.
Nehru Museum and Planetarium, New Delhi
Nehru Museum and Planetarium, New Delhi is located at the former residence of the first Prime Minister of India- Late Jawaharlal Nehru. If you want to learn about the history of the Independence Movement of India, then this museum in New Delhi is a perfect place to visit.
Nehru Museum and Planetarium, New Delhi exhibits photographs of Jawaharlal Nehru in different phases of his life. Besides the displays, the architecture of the colonial building structure is also worth watching. The high ceilings, spacious verandas, teak panels and well-maintained gardens remind you of the pre independent India. This building served as the official residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in India where Nehru lived for 16 years.
The Nehru Museum and Planetarium is also known as Teenmurti Bhawan. The museum inside the building is visited by thousand s of tourists from all over India. Besides the museum, there is also a library and a planetarium dedicated to Nehru in the building.
The personal museum includes Nehru's bedroom, drawing room and study which are preserved exactly as they were at the time of Nehru's death. If you want to know about Nehru's achievements, his childhood and youth, then you must see the visual display available at the museum.
The various galleries at Nehru Museum and Planetarium, New Delhi includes Gifts Gallery comprising the priceless gifts like Bharat Ratna medal and the Jawahar Jyoti received by Nehru during his travel in India and overseas and so on.
There is a massive granite rock, put up in the front lawn of the museum where you can find Nehru's first speech on the eve of Independence of India. The library includes books and material on sociology, economics, religion, culture, politics and development of India. Other things available at the library include periodicals, old and rare journals, pamphlets, newspapers and an excellent manuscript collection.
Nehru Planetarium displays the Space Program of India, the Universe and the Capsule. The astronomy shows are held daily, from 11:30 am to 3.00pm. The museum remains open on every day except on Mondays.
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Nehru Museum and Planetarium, New Delhi is located at the former residence of the first Prime Minister of India- Late Jawaharlal Nehru,Nehru Museum and Planetarium, New Delhi exhibits photographs of Jawaharlal Nehru in different phases of his life,There is a massive granite rock, put up in the front lawn of the museum where you can find Nehru's first speech on the eve of Independence of India.
Did You Know
This building served as the official residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in India where Nehru lived for 16 years.
Do not miss the astronomy shows held daily, from 11:30 am to 3.00pm.