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Los Angeles, California

Obscura Society LA: Hare Krishna!

Join us as we explore the newly reopened Bhagavad Gita museum, the only religious animatronic museum of its kind.

When the museum first opened in 1977, it was unlike any other institution. Featuring hand-crafted clay robots, the scenes (or dioramas) told the story of Bhagavad Gita (Hare Krishna's religious text) through narration, movement, and visual effects.

The unique museum not only fascinated the Hare Krishna community, but non-religious visitors alike. Unfortunately, in 2013 the museum was forced to close. After years of weaving the Bhagavad Gita tale, the robots and effects began to break down. Due to its age, it was very hard to repair.

Despite this, the Hare Krishna community was able to recruit several highly-regarded professionals from out of state to repair and improve the museum. And now, finally the museum has reopened and is better than ever!  

Join the Obscura Society LA for an exclusive tour of this very unique museum. We have been given the privilege of being one of the first non-Hare Krishna groups to visit! After our tour, we are invited to join in the vegetarian feast they hold every Sunday. 

Schedule for the evening:

4:15 - 5:00 pm: Temple Service

5:00 - 6:00 pm: Tour

6:00 - 7:00 pm: Feast

Notes for this adventure: 

- We will meet in front the temple at 4:15. The service starts promptly at 4:30. If you would like to attend just the tour, please meet us outside the temple at 5:00 pm.

-Your ticket price will cover admission to the museum and a donation to the community for the veggie fest. 

- Family friendly!

- As with any religious temple, please be respectful of your surroundings.