Sri Sri opens first phase of Museum of Indian History - 14th January, 2012



Above: The decorated new temple dedicated to Mata Bhavani



Above: Mata Bhavani endowing Shivaji Maharaj, with the maps of spiritual India in the background



Above: Yagna by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Vedic Pandits in the new Mata Bhavani temple



Above: H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar garlanding the new statue of Mata Bhavani and Shivaji Maharaj



Above: H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar performing Aarti to the new statue of Mata Bhavani and Shivaji Maharaj



Above: H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Mrs Sunetra Pawar (wife of Maharashtra Dy. CM Ajit Pawar), Namrita & Fran├žois Gautier, trustees of FACT, lighting the candle at the new Shivaji Maharaj Exhibition Hall



Above: H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar & Shri Nitin Gadkari, BJP President, viewing FACT's unique exhibition on the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj



Above: H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar & Shri Nitin Gadkari, BJP President, inaugurating FACT's new exhibition, 'Hindu Tolerance.. Over The Ages', which tells the story on how Hindus were persecuted in the last 14 centuries, and not only kept their faith, but retained their respect for other religions



Above: H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar & Shri Nitin Gadkari, BJP President, inaugurating another of FACT's exhibitions, which shows scientifically how the famous Aryan invasion that has divided India for centuries, never happened



Above: The program, after the pujas and inaugurations, with Shri Nitin Gadkari's speech



Above: Parts of the 1000 strong crowd, as Mrs Sunetra Pawar delivers her speech in Marathi



Above: H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar enthralls the crowd with his remarks about Indian History and the need of this Museum to make India proud



Above: The crowds, from Pune, Mumbai and local villagers, came out of the program feeling something very special just happened: a Museum of real Indian History, dedicated to one of India's greatest heroes