At a distance of 3 km from Porbandar Railway Station, Tara Mandir is a planetarium located in the coastal city of Porbandar in Gujarat. Also known as Nehru Planetarium, it is one of the major tourist attractions in Porbandar.
Nehru Planetarium was established in the year 1977 and is dedicated to the Non-Cooperation Movement that was led by Mahatma Gandhi. It is one of the two planetariums in India initiated by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. This planetarium was built with the donations made by a renowned Gujarati philanthropist, Nanjibhai Mehta. The prime aim of Tara Mandir is to empower the young minds by providing them with the knowledge of the aeronautical science and celestial bodies.
A delight for science lovers of all ages, the main attraction of the Nehru Planetarium is its shows, which seek to illustrate facts and information about various planets, stars and celestial bodies that are present in the solar system. It has an overhead round screen where the different visuals of the celestial bodies, galaxies, planets, and other information about the solar system are projected. The entrance of the Nehru Planetarium has various photo panels that contain images of the historic Non – Cooperation movement, to which the planetarium is dedicated. It not only attracts the children but also catches the interest and attention of all age groups and leaves a mark of an indelible experience in the hearts of the visitors.
Timings: 9 AM – 12 PM & 3 PM – 6 PM
How to get there
By Road: The city also has ample state and private bus services from major connections in the state.
By Rail: The city also has a railway station from major connections in the state.
By Air: Porbandar has a domestic airport which has reasonable connectivity to cities in India.