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JYOTIRVIDYA PARISANSTHA, PUNE.
Tilak Smarak Mandir, Pune, INDIA 411030.


  • Jyotirvidya Parisanstha (known as JVP to people of Pune, India and to most of the Indian amateur astronomers) is an association of amateur astronomers.

  • On August 22, 1944 some eminent citizens of pune formed JVP, primarily for the spread of knowledge of astronomy among the public also to make their own contribution as far as possible. It was the first association of its kind and remained so far for a few decades. Right from conception, JVP has been actively working on the propagation of astronomy in purely scientific temperament.

  • JVP has been arranging sky shows and lectures, which are open to everybody who is interested in astronomy.

  • Library of JVP boasts some very old and rare books as well as books and magazines giving latest and up to date information on astronomy.

  • JVP conducts courses on Astronomy basic as well as advanced astronomy like mathematics in astronomy, Astro-photography and telescopes making workshops for amateurs.

  • JVP has a few good telescopes, which are under active service. During the cloudless months almost every month, members take these telescopes for star parties. The star parties are held at places sufficiently away from the light pollution of the Pune city where the naked eye limiting magnitude even extends upto 6.5 to 7.

  • JVP has serious observation groups working on: Meteor showers, Occultations and Photometry etc. The observations are being recognised by International centres for these observations like IMO and IOTA.

  • Few of the members of JVP are active in the field of astrophotography (the images are now made available on our site). Few of the photographs are also published in reputed international journals like Sky & Telescope.

  • JVP always tries to inform the public of any astronomical event that are likely to take place in the sky. Also JVP tries to keep the public informed about the major activities and the invensions/ discoveries in the field of astronomy through all types of media. Some of JVP members do write regularly in the local newspapers regarding the planetary positions and astronomical events like occultations, space probes, current events in astronomy etc.

  • Since May 1, 1998 Jyotirvidya is also on internet and will be providing information on various topics to the people all over the globe with up to date information.

  • JVP is a first Amateur Association to Host ALL INDIA AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS MEET in 1991.

  • Those interested in astronomy may feel free to contact any of its member on any Sunday between 1730 to 2000 hrs at Tilak smarak mandir, Pune or by email. (jyotirvidya@yahoo.com)