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Los Angeles, California

The Dioramas and Animatronics of the Bhagavad-gita Museum

Get ready to experience Krishna's transcendental manifestations.

Combining an ancient method of clayworking with state-of-the-art electronics (circa 1977), this unique museum presents the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita through narration, movement, and visual effects. 

Join us for a tour of the Bhagavad-gita Museum, located at the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) of Los Angeles. In a private visit arranged especially for Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles, we'll explore the museum, temple, Ashram, and more as we learn all about the Hare Krishna religion and the history of this hidden cultural treasure.

The tour will begin with an introduction by the museum's director, Radha-Krishna Das. Then we will begin our journey through the museum dioramas. Capacity inside the museum is extremely limited. Because of space restrictions, we will enter in shifts (groups of 7). Afterward, we will walk across the street to the residential section “The Ashram.” We will visit two groups of apartments owned and operated by the ISKCON of L.A. and hear the history and significance of the Ashram. Lastly, we will head to the temple, where we will get to experience the gorgeous alter. There we will have time for Q&A. 

During the time between groups entering the museum, we recommend grabbing a snack next door at Govinda's "karma-free vegan and vegetarian dining" and exploring the gift shop. Everyone on the tour is eligible for a coupon for a discounted ($5) buffet. Both close at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday though, so arrive by 3:30 p.m. if you care to check them out. 

After the event, we welcome you to explore the "Snana Yatra" festival or the "Festival of Bathing," which is the prelude to the biggest festival of the year (Ratha Yatra, Festival of Chariots) of ISKCON-LA. The latter which will be held on August 5 in Venice Beach. The story goes that Jaganatha, the Lord of the Universe, gets a cold after taking a bath on Snana Yatra, and goes into seclusion for two weeks only to reappear on the Ratha Yatra day! The esoteric meaning of the procession is that Jaganatha hides from the vision of his devotees to stimulate the "love in separation" sentiment in them and reappears to bring about the "love in union." According to the great teachers of Bhakti yoga, the feelings of love in separation and in union intensify each other millions of times, but the ecstasies in separation always remain more intense and more glorified, so much so that Krishna's lovers would go through unbearable feelings of separation even when blinking their eyes. 

There will be a free festival feast at 6:30 pm.


  • While the museum itself is otherwise accessible to the public by advance reservation, this event provides a unique experience to Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles members.
  • Meet in front of the temple. Street parking is available, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion. There is also a paid lot located nearby at 3844 Watseka Ave., Culver City, CA 90232.
  • Recommended for ages 13+.
  • There is no food included in the ticket price. You can request a coupon for at $5 meal if you care to purchase one; it is usually $8.  
  • Please note that the restaurant and gift shop will be closed after 4:00pm. If you want the discount for the restaurant you will need to ask for it when you arrive.
  • A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the temple. 
  • As with any sacred space, please be respectful of your surroundings.


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