Welcome to Jyotirvidya Parisanstha

Jyotirvidya Parisanstha (known as JVP to people of Pune) is the oldest association of amateur astronomers in India. On August 22, 1944 eminent citizens of Pune formed JVP, primarily for the spread of knowledge of astronomy among the public and 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.   more...

Lecture Series on Lonar Meteoritic Crater

Jyotirvidya Parisanstha has organized a lecture series on “Lonar Meteoritic Impact Crater” in month of January. Lonar crater was created around five lakh years ago by a Meteoritic Impact. It is the only meteoritic crater in basaltic rock. This is a unique site with astronomical, geological & ecological importance. This lecture series will give more information on the same. Lecture series is open free for all. Parisanstha has also organized study tour to Lonar Crater on 20-21 January 2018.

Venue: Indradhanushya Environmental & Citizenship Center, Opposite Sachin Tendulkar Jogging Park, Off Anant Kanhere Road, Navi Peth, Pune.

Details of lectures are as follows:




2 January 2018

Dr. Yogesh Shauche, Scientist, National Center for Cell Science

Biodiversity of Lonar Crater

6 January 2018

Ms. Sneha Rode, Lecturer, Fergusson College, Former scientist, ISRO

Geological Aspects of Lonar Crater

7 January 2018

Prof. P. K. Ghanekar, Former Professor, Abasaheb Garware College

Astronomical and historical aspects of Lonar Crater


January Star Party

Jyotirvidya Parisanstha has organized an overnight Star-party on January 13, 2018 near Nasarapur on Pune-Satara Road, Dist. Pune. Program will start with sunset on 13th January and will close by sunrise of 14th. Main attractions​ of the program are Moon, Venus and bright Jupiter. The program also consists of unaided eye star gazing; introduction to Rashis and Nakshatras, telescopic viewing of Venus, Mars, Saturn and its rings, star clusters, galaxies & nebulae, etc. Program also includes slide shows or short film and astrogames, etc. For more information and registration, please contact Aparna Kinkar: 8308831973 or Aniruddha Deshpande: 9822612737.

Venue: "Abhyankar Farm" (7.5 km to the NE of Nasrapur phata). Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Do1tqHPDUM72

Fees (incl. dinner):
₹500/- p.p. for non-members
₹450/- p.p. for members
Transport (optional): ₹250/- EXTRA


Study tour to Lonar Meteoritic Crater

Jyotirvidya Parisanstha has arranged a study tour to Lonar Meteoritic Crater on January 20 & 21, 2018. Lonar Crater was formed about 5 lakh years ago and is the only meteoritic crater formed in Basaltic rock. It is 1.3 km in diameter and is one of the big craters on earth. This site is a unique site with astronomical, ecological & geological importance. The study tour will include visit to places which are related to the meteoritic impact phenomena like, Lonar Crater, Ambar Crater, and Sleeping Hanuman along with other places around Lonar. Registration for the tour is open at Jyotirvidya’s office at Tilak Smarak Mandir on Sundays between 6 to 8 p.m. You may also register online. For online registration and more information, contact Mr. Amit Kadlaskar (8308331441) or Ms. Aparna Kinkar (8308831973).


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Annual Report for 2016-17


The Governing Council of Jyotirvidya Parisanstha (JVP) is very pleased to put forward annual report of 73rd year. Parisanstha progressed significantly in this year and we thank all the members of the Parisanstha who made the programs of Parisanstha a great success.

Thank you all for your support.

Annual Report: English vesion, Marathi version