On the recommendation of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, CRTL has taken up the responsibility of developing the first ever museum on Sri Chaitanya Mahapravu, the famous Hindu mystic and key revivalist in the Vaishnavite movement in Bengal during the sixteenth century. The Museum of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu plans to have dioramas, graphics and multimedia displays of the transcendental lilas of Sri Gauranga besides philosophical exhibitions and specialized areas for researchers.
Two floors of the building will be dedicated to the figure of Sri Chaitanya while the remaining two will aim to present to the public the legacy of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur and Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, respectively. In addition, the building will have a large dome-shaped conference room for seminars and conferences on Gaudiya Vaishnavism. In developing this museum CRTL has adopted the unique idea of showcasing the stories of Vaishnvaite movements using the traditional art forms of Bengal.
A rare and first of its kind display is a large circular artistic recreation of Sri Chaitaniya’s travel and preaching through the jungles of the Jharikhanda, fondly called the Jharikhanda Lila, using the Bengal Patachitra form. The artistic rendition of this story has been enhanced by a light and sound story-telling using audiovisual media. The museum is to be opened in 2018.