malayali psyche is very strange. They will boast of India’s
achievement in sending a mission to Mars- And simultaneously will go
to a Siva temple to pacify the Gods for the daughter’s chovva
dosham. Superstition has dug deep in them that they live with the
believes of 18th century although carrying a 3G phone.
What is our
position in the Universe? Are we alone in this vast stellar expanse?
Is there anyone out there to shape our destiny? All these question
find answers once we visit ASTRO, a rare phenomena in these days of
renovation of decaying temples, at Vellur, atop the Echilamvayal
hills. You will get a direct vision of the night sky from there
unobstructed by city lights. You can see the deep abysses in the
lunar surface, the satellites of planets, comets, distant Galaxies,
exploding stars and star clusters, the birth place of new stars.
Astro is a
venture to shake of age old believes. A novel idea put forward by the
amateur sky watcher Sri. K. Gangadharan Master took wings when the
Kasaragod M P, P Karunakaran extended a helping hand by constructing
a building for the society atop echilamvayal hill. A huge telescope was donated by Vellur service co-
op bank. The other paraphernalia for sky watching were procured from
funds raised from the public. Now the Institution has risen to the
rare distinction as the single institution in the State giving
thousands of classes to school children and the public, every year.
There is no Govt. funding for running the institute and the
institution is raising its own funds from the public. The institution
is growing fast. There is a display of charts and working models. The
sky watching session led by Shri. K Gangadharan Master starts in the
evening extending up to midnight to be continued in the early
morning next day. After a class at ASTRO every one will be able to
locate his position in the Universe. There are thousands of galaxies,
milky way, our own galaxy, is a small one among them. In the Milky
Way there are thousands of stars and our Sun is a comparatively small
star. The new vision gives thousands of new insights.
Institute is planning to construct a planetarium. Even though it is a
big leap forward, the cost of a conventional planetarium is beyond
the scope of an Institution, run on contributions from the public.
But Gangadharan Master’s experience in constructing a peoples’
planetarium at Payyanur Gandhi Park a couple of years back, has a
solution to offer for the challenge. A permanent people‘s
Planetarium could be constructed with five lakh Rupees. A committee
comprising of Shri. Pavoor Narayanan as chairman and scientists like
Shri. V. P. Balagangadharn(ISRO), Shri. K V Raveendran ,Dr.
Siddarthan (ISRO) along with Prof. T. P. Sreedharan, Shri. E.
Bhaskaran , Narayanan Master and several prominent figures from
public life have joined hands for the materialization of this dream.
If you are
interested you could join this venture by becoming a life member of
the Institution and also by contributing a small sum. You may
reach ASTO either through www.astropayyanur.org And pl email
Shri. Gangadharan Master: firstname.lastname@example.org