For love of Krsna

Sekhar Phadnis writes about an interesting museum on Hindu God Krishna in Kurukshetra, meant to spread his message from Bhagwad Gita.

The scriptures proclaim Lord Krishna as the world teacher in the Sanskrit shloka: Krishnam Vande Jagatgurum. Apart from this, the Krishna cult has given birth to regional guises of Krishna such as Jagannath cult in Orissa, Dakorji in Gujarat, Srinathji of the Pustimargis of Nathadvara, Balaji or Venketesvar of Tirupati, and the Guruvayur of Kerala. On Krishna Jayanti day, it is interesting to go on a visit to the only museum devoted to Krishna — the Krishna museum at Kurukshetra in Haryana.

One devout bhakta of Lord Krishna, Gulzari Lal Nanda (who was twice the Prime Minister of India) conceived the idea of establishing a museum in Kurukshetra in 1987. For here, Lord Krishna delivered the message of Shrimadbhagwadgita and the Krishna Museum set up in this historical town serves as a platform to present and preserve the ideals of Lord Krishna.

Initially, the Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB) had set up the Krishna museum in a small manner in a hall, which is now christened as the lecture hall. The museum was shifted to the present building in 1991 and in its present form was inaugurated on July 28, 1991, by the then President of India, Shri R Venkatraman and in 1995, a new block was added to it. During this period (1987-2008), the museum has accomplished some extraordinary landmarks such as the establishment of the two blocks of museum building having six different galleries.

Deccan Herald