The Sandipani Science Gallery exhibits the works of ancient Rishis of India in the various fields of science including Astronomy, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Metallurgy, Architecture, Surgery and Ayurveda. This gallery has been made below Shri Hari Mandir behind its auditorium.
Sandipani Science Gallery is an expression of Pujya Bhaishri’s contemporary outlook which reflects his views on the relationship between Science and Religion. He believes that only if Science and Religion work in tandem can they lead to peace, progress and harmony in the world.
The Science gallery was opened in January 2006 and inaugurated by the Ex-President of India, His Excellency Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. In his speech, Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam said,
“I inaugurate the Science Museum and my best wishes to all the participants in their mission of bringing out the glory of our ancient scientists and mathematicians which will enhance the self-esteem of our youth and motivate them to invent and discover new areas in Science”.
The Science Gallery has been created by Dr Jitendra Jatashankar Rawal, President of the Indian Planetary Society. Dr Rawal has written numerous books and articles. He has won many awards and accolades and is ranked as one of the leading experts in the field of Planetary Sciences in India.
Some of the themes covered in the Science Gallery are as follows:
- Vedic and Upanishad Time:
- Ancient sages;
- The hymns of creation from Rig Veda;
- Indus Valley civilisation and its link with Gujarat;
- The Vedas;
- Richness of Sanskrit language.
- Movement of time
- Our mathematical heritage
- The numbers Pi, Zero, Roman numerals;
- Names of Indian tithis, lunar and solar year, months of the Indian calendar, zodiac signs
- Ecology and environment in ancient India
- Measurements in the universe
- Measuring the size of earth, the distance of the sun from the earth.
- Our Astronomical Heritage
- Our Ayurvedic Heritage
- Iron technology in ancient India
- Chemistry and Metallurgy
- Knowledge of comets and meteors
- Shipping and navigation in ancient India
- Modern Astronomy
“Science provides the means and religion gives direction. Only when both work in tandem will an individual live a complete and balanced life leading to formation of a value based society,” – Pujya Bhaishri