Lokamatha Mandira: This museum displays articles of daily use employed by rural people. There was a board inside which read:
The renovation of the Lokamatha Mandira is inspired by the Parishath’s continued efforts to safeguard and promote the valuable work done by H. L. Nagegowda. The gallery is organized in to four major areas; domestic kitchen, and storage, domestic utilitarian objects, equipment for animal husbandry and for farming. Each of these groups contains objects that serve specific functions and processes. The kitchen section incorporates items like stoves, cookware, and tools such as grinders, trays, vessels and containers. The household utilitarian objects are items used in homes before furniture became a dominant of interior space. This includes, boxes, hooks and lamps. Farming and pastoral tools are widely varied and used in both working the land and handling domesticated and wild fauna.
The decision to categorize the objects according to function and process allows their histories to transcend the descriptive capacities of caste and community. Objects travel and live in many contexts – point of origin and patronage are not their final destination. But the information provided for the objects does not viewers whenever possible an idea of their age, material of manufacture and region of use as well as a brief narrative of their function and ritual importance.
Items in the museum:
- Walking Sticks: These walking sticks have metal grips to prevent slippage and wear; they were the supports for the aged and the physically challenged as well as fashionable personal accessories. The short, carved hand supports are for monks to use while sitting. They have been collected from Shimoga and Chikballapur.
- Domestic Utility Objects: Easily removable, expandable arms with pegs were used for hanging umbrellas, hats, clothes, etc.
- Domestic Utility Objects: Lamp Stands and glass lanterns:
- Cradle and Winnow:
Top, left to right:
Wall Pegs: Shimoga Dist.
Wall Pegs: Bangalore
Bottom, Right to left:
Fan, Bangalore: Wood and vetiver
Fan, Bangalore: Areca palm leaf
Fan, Bangalore: Cloth and wood
Fan, Bangalore: Wood, metal wire and vetiver
Without tiring the hands, this light weight fans could create a breeze and function as beautiful accessories. The vetiver ones can be moistened to cool and scent the air.