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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 this private visit arranged especially for Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles, we'll explore the museum, temple, and Ashram, as we learn about the Hare Krishna (Gaudiya Vaishnavism) tradition 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. Capacity inside the museum is extremely limited. Because of space restrictions, we will enter in 15-minute intervals in groups of 7. Afterwards, we'll gather and step into the temple, where we will get to experience the gorgeous alter and witness some of the Hare Krishna practices. Lastly, we will walk across the street to the residential section “The Ashram" and learn about the history and significance of the Ashram.

For those with time between tours, we recommend grabbing a snack next door at Govinda's "karma-free vegan and vegetarian dining" (not included in ticket price) and exploring the gift-shop. We will meet back at the museum at 12 pm and walk over to the temple.

Make a day of it! November 18th is the same day as the Marriage of Tulasi Festival which begins at 5:15 pm, including a free dinner served at 7pm. Additionally, we highly recommend visiting two of our other favorite places, located right around the corner: The Museum of Jurassic Technology and Center for Land Use Interpretation

Henry David Thoreau's reflections on the Bhagavad-gita: “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-gétä, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions.”

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

  • While the museum itself is otherwise accessible to the public by advance reservation, this event provides a unique experience to Atlas Obscura Society members—and the museum pulls out all the stops for our group.
  • 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+
  • A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the temple. 
  • As with any sacred space, please be respectful of your surroundings.

QUESTIONS?

Email Benjamin Harmon at benjamin.harmon@atlasobscura.com.

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