Guwahati Planetarium Assam- A Treat for Science Enthusiasts

After exploring the Kamakhya Temple in a complex full of many temples, we moved on towards our next destination which was the Guwahati Planetarium Assam. It is considered to be an all exclusive astronomical research centre in this part of the world.

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Kamakhya Temple Assam | Image Resource:  rltgo.com

We had to pay a very nominal entry fee of Rs 30 per person for entering the planetarium and enjoying the sky shows. One of the members told us that the planetarium stays open on six days, except Sunday, from 11pm to 4pm.

The presence of the unique dome and slopes of walls make it an unparalleled beauty in the entire north eastern part of India. Inside the planetarium, we spotted the Goto GX instrument found in Japan. The hardware of the instrument works on the principle of GX Starfield projector and is composed of high quality theatre like sound system along with 60 projectors to render out of the box special effects.

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Guwahati Planetarium | Image Resource: assammind.blogspot.com

The software on which the entire equipment functions belongs to Goto as well. We came to know that in addition to the daily shows, the Planetarium frequently organizes different types of conferences, workshops and seminars related to the astronomy field.

The planetarium is also known for arranging outdoor viewing provisions and quizzes at the time of eclipses. There is a library which maintains a huge collection of some of the most unique space oriented books. There is no doubt about the fact that Guwahati Planetarium Assam is a great way of reaching out to the younger section of the society and inspiring them with fascinating scientific facilities. The planetarium also enables students to explore the different types of items being assembled by human explorers for centuries.

In addition to the common sky watching programs organized by professionals, there were some special shows which utilize an overhead screen created on the dome shaped ceiling. Despite being a person from commerce, I was extremely impressed after gathering knowledge about the extent to which science has advanced. We came to know that the Planetarium organizes shows in English, Hindi and Assamese. The planetarium is equipped with all the things which can keep a science enthusiast busy.

Kamakhya Temple Assam – Ideal for Tantric Lovers

After spending a day relaxing and exploring the areas close to the hotel, we had a solid sleep and got up early the next day. This is because we didn’t want to be late in beginning our wonderful trip and we had many places to cover. We had breakfast at the hotel and left for our first destination which was the famous Kamakhya Temple. It is basically a temple made for Hindus with Goddess Kamakhya being the main deity worshipped.

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Kamakhya Temple Assam | Image Resource : religiousportal.com

We came to know that the locals also call it by the name of Kamrup Kamakhya and regard it to be a part of the very old 51 Shakti Pithas. One of the best things about the temple is that takes the centrestage in a complex full of temples dedicated to ten different Mahavidyas namely Baga lamukhi, Sodashi, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Tara, Kali, Matangi, Kamala, Dhumavati and Bhuvaneshwari. We came to know that many people, especially believers of Tantric magic, visit the temple from different corners of the country.

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Kamakhya Temple | Image Resource : dainikbhaskar.com

One of the administrators of the temple informed us that the responsibility of the activities of the temple has been handed over to Bordewri Samaj from Kamakhya Debutter Board according to the directives of the SC. We knew that the temple has been built in a style known as Nilachal type which has resulted due to the combination of the constructional features and the numerous modifications that have taken place between eighth and seventeenth centuries. The temple basically stands as a cruciform base over which there is a hemispherical shaped dome.

There are four chambers inside the temple and these include three mandapas namely natamandira, pancharatna and calanta in addition to the garbhagriha. The garbhagriha is in the form of a pancharatha resting over plinth moldings.

We could find many beautiful sculptures of Ganesha and many different Hindu Gods. One of the locals informed us that the temple is a great place for practicing tantric and attracts a large number of devotees during the annual festival called Ambubachi Mela. Other festivals celebrated inside the temple include Manasha Puja, Navaratri and Durga Puja.