Sunday, June 17, 2018

National Science Center , Delhi

                                                      Introduction of NSC Delhi


National Science Centre, Delhi is one of the largest Science Centre in Asia and it is popularly known amongst its visitors as, “A Dream Castle for One and All”. The iconic structure of
the Centre is an exemplary landmark in the arena of modern architecture which is strategically located in the vicinity of the commercial exhibition hub of India i.e. Pragati Maidan
Complex.

The Annual footfall to the Centre is more than half a million visitors. Nobel Laureates, Eminent Scientists & Technocrats, Astronauts, Museum Professionals and many more
luminaries from various fields are its regular visitors.

The primary objective of the Centre is to engage , educate and entertain the visitors through thematic exhibitions, interactive
educational activities and outreach programmes.
National Science Centre, Delhi, was inaugurated on 9th January 1992 by Shri P V Narsimha Rao, the then Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. National Science Centre, Delhi, is a unit of
National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), which itself has 27 Science Centres & Science Cities under its umbrella.

NCSM is funded and governed by the Ministry of Culture,
Government of India.

Visit : http://nscd.gov.in/


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Galleries

The entry plaza to the Centre welcomes its visitors with a huge exhibit spanning four floors, one of the largest exhibits in the world, "the Energy balls", in which nylon balls six inches in diameter, are lifted to a height of fifty feet, letting them gain potential energy, and then dropped, letting them travel all kinds of paths, performing work to expend their potential energy into other forms of energy. Besides, there are small but attention grabbing exhibits like the magic tap which apparently gushes forth water suspended in space without any inlet, a harp, where merely moving ones hands creates music, and a suitcase which curiously resists being twisted about its handle.
A special feature of the National Science Centre is its student visitors. While the world over, the ratio of student to general visitor ratio is about 0.3, almost 65% (a ratio of 1.8)of the visitors to the National Science Centre are students. As these visitors assemble at the reception amphitheatre, they are given a brief and dramatic introduction to the world of science by the educators of the Centre. And as the visitors proceed further, the Centre opens up its treasures contained in six permanent halls full of interesting and hands-on participatory exhibits.
A 360 degree view of the Our Science and Technology Heritage gallery.
An escalator takes them up to the first gallery on the third floor - Our Science and Technology Heritage. Indian Heritage in Science & Technology has a long history of 4500 years. The exhibition on "Our Science and Technology Heritage" depicts how, in course of time, side by side with art and literature, there grew up on Indian soil, a very rich scientific and technological culture. In ancient Sanskrit texts, we can find shades of twentieth century thinking. Scientific ideas grew in Indian minds more than two thousand five hundred years ago. Concepts of matter, atomism and cosmic evolution were recorded for posterity. It was also in India that the concept of zero gained meaning. The present day numerals, Powers of ten, the golden rule of three, square root and cube root were worked out 1500 years ago and took 1000 years to reach Europe. This Gallery is the latest in the Centre and was inaugurated by the Secretary to the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Shri Jawhar Sircar on 21 October 2009.
Next is a gallery on Human Biology - the miracle of Human Life. The gallery aims to portray the human body in all its aspects: anatomical, physiological, biochemical, structural, functional and systemic. The concept for the gallery arose out of the feedback that the Centre had been receiving from its visitors, to set up more exhibits on the Human Body, its structure and functioning. The Human Body is something, which we all possess and are familiar with, but at the same time, is an eternal source of mystery. From this gallery visitor comes down to an exciting gallery on prehistoric life, featuring several life sized and scaled animated robotic models of dinosaurs and other long extinct creatures in their natural ambience. The supporting panel exhibition provides ample information about origin of Earth, geological changes that occurred on earth through ages, evolution of atmosphere, origin of life in water, spread of life on land, early life forms, early mass extinctions and so on. The exhibition tries to answer several mind-boggling questions that we all ask at times, as how did life originate on our planet? Where did it evolve? Who are our ancestors? Is there life on other planets? Will man survive? And so on.
The Penny-farthing was gifted by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The next Gallery is Fun Science. This gallery is most liked by the younger visitors because this is full of hands-on exhibits explaining the fundamentals of science. Science has always been a subject which has been dealt with a lot of seriousness in schools. This text bookish approach has made science a very drab and uninteresting subject in the impressionable minds of young children. This gallery seeks to escape from this trap by the method of KISMIF (Keep It Simple- Make It Fun). A whole world of wonder and amazement awaits the visitors here with over a hundred interactive hands-on exhibits. This gallery also houses a 50-seater 3D movie hall which provides a lot of entertainment and thrill. Incidentally, this 3D hall is being upgraded this year with state-of-the-art equipment from the United States so as to provide a fully immersive experience to the viewers.
The Information Revolution Gallery.
The gallery on the first floor portrays the march of Information Revolution - from cave paintings to the Internet. The story of evolution of Communication Technology over past 6000 years in India is told here in a large exposition. Walking through time, the visitor finds herself in the midst of the digital Information revolution. We are lucky that we are witnessing this era, experiencing the revolution, which is changing life style so forcefully and quickly. You see the impact everywhere you look. At the checkout counter in your neighborhood shopping malls or drug store, under the hood of your car, at your bank, in your entertainment devices, and at work. Inform@tion.Com "A digital Revolution" gallery is an effort to present to the visitor in an interactive and interesting way, the nuts and bolts behind Digital Information Revolution. Incidentally less than one year after Internet made an appearance in India The Centre made it available to the public through a new facility called the Cyberskool, way back in May 1996.
On the ground floor is the latest addition to the galaxy of galleries, "Emerging Technologies - A look into the future". "Emerging Technologies - A look into the future" which introduces the visitor to a range of sunrise technologies which promise to change Human life in the coming decade. The gallery generally portrays the revolutionary changes that are taking place in nine representative technologies. Applications of these technologies have made possible what would have been considered fantastic a year or two ago. These are Space Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Medical and Biotechnology, Oceanography and Earth Sciences, Agricultural Technology, Material Science, Nanotechnology, Energy and Transportation Technology.
A new Gallery "Water - The Elixir of Life" was inaugurated by Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit on 14 December 2010. Our Earth is unique because it is the only known place in the universe where water exists as a liquid thus enabling life in all its diversity to thrive here. When human population was small their effect on the planet and its water bodies was also manageable. But over the past century, it has exploded thus creating an adverse impact both on quality and quantity of potable water. Human impact has resulted in growth of sprawling cities and towns which pollute our rivers with increasing amounts of waste and threaten our water systems as we squander this precious resource. This exhibition on Water – The Elixir of Life, is aimed at creating awareness about this scarce and all important source of life among the visitors specially the children.
Entry to the exhibition through a virtual pond of water, that creates ripples as one step on it, excites the visitor. The gallery then unfolds with a plethora of exhibits that cover various issues related to water. How much of it is available on our planet and what percentage of it is potable and in what form is water available on the Earth are some of the issues that are dealt with in the exhibition. Other issues like the water cycle, water on different continents, water in one's body, water conserving devices, water treatment plants, properties of water, cultural and religious practices and their impact on our rivers etc. are also covered in the exhibitions. Significance of water is propounded in almost every religious scripture, and written script exists for water in every language and in every country thus showing how important this life supporting resource is for all of us. The exhibition ends with a computer quiz on water and a pledge which the visitors can take to conserve water and protect this unique life supporting source for our future generations. The Gallery has generated huge interest among the visitors.





Akshardham (New Delhi) Detail



WHAT IS AKSHARDHAM

'Akshardham' means the divine abode of God. It is hailed as an eternal place of devotion, purity and peace. Swaminarayan Akshardham at New Delhi is a Mandir – an abode of God, a Hindu house of worship, and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning and harmony. Timeless Hindu spiritual messages, vibrant devotional traditions and ancient architecture all are echoed in its art and architecture.The mandir is a humble tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781- 1830), the avatars, devas and great sages of Hinduism. The traditionally-styled complex was inaugurated on 6 November 2005 with the blessings of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj and through the devoted efforts of skilled artisans and volunteers.

SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE

Each element of Akshardham echoes with spirituality – the Mandir, the Exhibitions and even the Gardens. 
The Akshardham mandir has over two hundred murtis, representing many of the spiritual stalwarts over many millennia. The spiritual premise of Akshardham is that each soul is potentially divine. Whether we are serving the family, the country our neighbors or all living beings the world over , each service can help one move towards divinity. Each prayer is a call towards improving oneself and moving closer to God. 
A visit to Akshardham is a spiritually enriching experience. Whether it is in realising the power of prayer, in feeling the strength of non-violence, in being aware of the universal nature of Hinduism’s ancient principles, or just in admiring the beauty of God’s abode on Earth –- each element has a spiritual significance.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Opened 6th November 2005
  • Constructed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS)
  • Inspired by HH Yogiji Maharaj (1892-1971 CE)
  • Created by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj
  • More than 300,000,000 volunteer hours went into making the complex
  • Over 8,000 volunteers from across the world participated in building it
  • Mandir built from intricately carved sandstone and marble 
  • Exhibitions on Hinduism, including Bhagwan Swaminarayan's life and teachings such as prayer, compassion, and non-violence.
  • Open gardens, water bodies and step-well styled courtyard 
 EXPLORE 

MANDIR

ABHISHEK MANDAP

EXHIBITIONS

WATER SHOW



TIMINGS

  • Tuesday to Sunday 
    First Entry: 9:30am 
    Last Entry: 6:30pm
  • CLOSED: EVERY MONDAY

  • MANDIR

  • Darshan: 9:30am to 8:00pm
  • Arti: 10:00am and 6:00pm
  • ABHISHEK MANDAP

  • Darshan and Puja
    9:30am to 8:00pm
  • Arti: 6:30pm
  • EXHIBITIONS

  • Ticket Window
    10:00am to 6:00pm
  • WATER SHOW

  • Show: After Sunset
    (Currently 7:45 PM)
  • Maha Arti: Before First Show

HOW TO REACH

Akshardham: How to Reach
Swaminarayan Akshardham
NH 24, Akshardham Setu, New Delhi 110092.
Phone: +91-11-4344 2344, Fax: +91-11-4344 2323
Emailinfo@akshardham.com
webwww.akshardham.com, www.baps.org
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) - 21 Km
Railway Stations
Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM) - 6 Km
New Delhi (NDLS) - 11 Km
Old Delhi (DLI) - 10 Km
Metro Station: Akshardham Metro - 350 meters (walk)

FROM AKSHARDHAM METRO STATION

  1. Exit Station and Turn Right
  2. Walk 100 meters and Turn Right
  3. Walk 250 meters & Enter Akshardham - Gate 1

FROM AIRPORT (1HR 30 MINS)

  1. Take Orange Line to New Delhi Metro Station
  2. Disembark at New Delhi Metro Station
  3. Take Yellow Line (toward HUDA City Centre)
  4. Disembark at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station
  5. Take Blue Line (Towards Noida City Centre)
  6. Disembark at Akshardham Metro Station

FROM NEW DELHI RAILWAY STATION (40 MINS)

  1. Walk towards Ajmeri Gate Exit
  2. Walk towards New Delhi Metro Station
  3. Take Yellow Line (toward HUDA City Centre)
  4. Disembark at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station
  5. Take Blue Line (Towards Noida City Centre)
  6. Disembark at Akshardham Metro Station

FROM OLD DELHI RAILWAY STATION (45 MINS)

  1. Walk towards Chandni Chowk Metro Station (350 Meters)
  2. Take Yellow Line (toward HUDA City Centre)
  3. Disembark at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station
  4. Take Blue Line (Towards Noida City Centre)
  5. Disembark at Akshardham Metro Station

WHAT TO SEE

SWAGATAM

‘Swagatam’- Welcome! Inside the campus, you will be greeted by the Welcome Gates followed by Bhakti Dwar. Passing through a Visitors' Center, you can stop by to seek assistance from a volunteer to plan your visit or get a printed guidebook. Enjoy intricate carvings of Mayur Dwarand make a wish at Charanarvind - Holy Footprints.
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MANDIR

Offer your prayers to the deities in Garbhagruh, get blessed by the Mandapams - carved ceilings. On the first level, stroll outside through the Narayan Peeth - the bronze relief work. On the outside walls at the ground level, walk with elephants and experience their stories in Gajendra Peeth
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ABHISHEK MANDAP

Participate in a prayer for peace and for fulfilment of your wishes. Be part of a spiritual ritual and offer holy water to Neelkanth - the teenage-yogi form of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
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EXHIBITIONS

Artistically mesmerizing, scientifically stunning, culturally moving, and spiritually elevating, the exhibitions create amazing environments capable of transporting viewers to ancient India. The exhibitions are comprised of three parts: Sahajanand Darshan – Hall of ValuesNeelkanth Darshan – Large Format FilmSanskruti Darshan – Cultural Boat Ride
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WATER SHOW

Sahaj Anand - A breathtaking spiritual multimedia water show.  Multi-color lasers, video projects, underwater flames, water jets and surround sound in symphony with lights and live actors produce a captivating and inspiring presentation of an important story from the Kena Upanishad. 
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THEMATIC GARDENS

A visit to Swaminarayan Akshardham’s two thematic gardens is a conversation with nature, history and culture. Learn about inspiring children, men and women from Indian history at the Bharat Upvan. Imbibe the wisdom of great minds from around the world at the Yogihriday Kamal. 
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FACILITIES

PARKING

  • Paid parking facility
  • Timings: 9:30am to Gate Closing
  • Only for visitors (strictly)
  • No cargo or goods vehicles permitted
  • First come, first served basis
  • Parking at owner’s own risk

LOST AND FOUND

  • Located near Security Check

ATM

  • Available at the Visitors’ Center

WHEEL CHAIRS

  • Charge: Free for the physically challenged, elderly and needy
  • Available: At entrance before security clearance
  • Refundable Deposit: Rs. 100

CLOAK ROOM

  • Only for Visitors
  • Charge: Free
  • Timing: 9:30am to Gate Closing
  • Electronic Item Deposits: Switch Off (Mandatory)
  • All deposit items must meet size restrictions
  • No money or valuables should be deposited
  • Deposits are at owner’s own risk

TELEPHONE BOOTH

  • Available at the Visitors’ Center, Food Court and Exhibition exits.

RESTROOMS

  • Available throughout the campus.

FOOD COURT

  • Pure, fresh vegetarian food and snacks are available at Premvati Food Court. 

SECURITY CHECK

Visitor safety is our utmost priority. To help keep Akshardham a safe and family-friendly place, we request that you cooperate with the following policies while visiting Akshardham
  • All visitors must pass through metal detectors
  • All visitors will be frisked by security personnel
  • All vehicles will be searched by security personnel
  • Certain items are not permitted within the complex (please see the list below)
  • Smoking & alcohol consumption within the parking and campus is strictly prohibited
  • Carrying alcohol and banned substances in vehicles is strictly prohibited within the parking and campus
Security measures are mandates by government law enforcement agencies. Please cooperate with security procedures and personnel. During peak season times and holidays, entry and waiting lines may take some time. We ask for your patience and cooperation in keeping Akshardham and all visitors safe.
Items ALLOWED in the complex:
  • WALLET
  • SHOES
  • BELTS
  • PASSPORT
  • MONEY
  • LADIES PURSE
  • JEWELLERY
  • BABY FOOD
  • WATER BOTTLE
  • JACKETS
Please take care of your personal belongings. Baby Food and water bottle are subjected to further check.

Items NOT ALLOWED in the complex:
  • MOBILE PHONES
  • CAMERAS
  • USB/PEN DRIVES
  • MUSIC DEVICES
  • ELECTRONIC ITEMS
  • WEAPONS
  • UMBRELLA
  • LUGGAGE
  • TOYS
  • PETS
  • FOOD AND DRINK
  • TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, DRUGS
For a quick and smooth security check, we request you not bring these prohibited items with you. If you do happen to bring these items with you, please check them into the free cloakroom before entering the security check queue.

DRESS CODE

The Mandir is a sacred house of God and a place of daily worship. To preserving its sanctity and spiritual ambience, a strict dress code operates within the complex.
  • Upper Wear: Must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms
  • Lower Wear: Must be at least below knee-length
Sarong: In case your dress does not comply with above requirement, a free sarong is provided for your visit (Refundable Deposit Rs. 100) Please return the sarong at the exit.

ENTRY

Entry to the mandir complex and mandir darshan is absolutely FREE and requires no prior appointment.
All our volunteers and staff’s assistance is also free of charge.

FREE ADMISSION

WELCOME GATES

VISITOR CENTER

HOLY FOOTPRINTS

MANDIR

GAJENDRA PITH

NARAYAN SAROVAR

BHARAT UPAVAN

YOGI HRIDAY KAMAL

EXHIBITIONS TICKETS

Adults (Age 12+): ₹ 170 
Seniors (Age 60+): ₹ 125 
Children (Age 4 – 11): ₹ 100 
Children (Below Age 4): Free
Tickets include all three exhibitions.

WATER SHOW TICKETS

Adults (Age 12+): ₹ 80
Seniors (Age 60+): ₹ 80
Children (Age 4 – 11): ₹ 50
Children (Below Age 4): Free

ABHISHEK DONATION

Per person: ₹ 50
(Darshan – Free)

PHOTO MEMORY

Capture your memories at Akshardham with a special photo from a vantage point in the campus. 
Printed Time: Within 20 minutes. 
Print Pickup: Available at the Book and Gifts Center (before exiting).

FOOD COURT

Enjoy pure, fresh, vegetarian cuisine at the Premvati Food Court. In the ambience of the caves of Ajanta, enjoy Indian or Continental food of your choice. School groups and groups over 50 people are advised to contact Akshardham ahead of time.

BOOKS AND GIFTS SHOP

The Akshardham Books and Gifts Center offers a variety of publications – books, audio or video – and souvenir items as well as authentic Ayurvedic supplements and puja materials. Pick up your photo memory or choose another special way to remember your visit to Swaminarayan Akshardham.

SCHOOL VISIT BOOKING

Akshardham is proud to be a top choice of schools across New Delhi and NCR for a half-day school trip. Here, students learn about Hinduism, India’s art and architecture and it’s contribution to the world. Akshardham welcomes students and teachers for a wonderful visit of the complex.Go to School Visit Page »

GROUP VISIT BOOKING

Akshardham is frequently visited in groups by pilgrims, travelers and even corporate employees. You can make your visit a better experience and more memorable by contacting us in advance.

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